A report in AS has confirmed that two bids were made for the player last season from Italy and England but Mourinho rejected them, with that English bid apparently coming from Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
Kaka is a high profile player who has been linked with a possible switch to Old Trafford several times in the past and Mourinho’s apparent decision to block a move to United is confusing for several reasons.
"Bids were before the start of last season and made the Milan and Manchester United. But Mourinho rejected them", says the report.
Adding: “Mourinho did not want him at the club and wanted to use him as a bargaining chip, but was afraid to send him to a big club in Europe because (he had) suspicion that he would succeed. Wanted to sell to Russia or China, but Kaka did not want to go there.”
It’s confusing considering the role Kaka played at Real Madrid under Mourinho, which was minimalistic to say the very least.
Mourinho enjoyed a squad at Real Madrid, which already had several top class and high quality midfielders and the fact the 31-year-old only made 19 appearances in La Liga suggests that he was nothing more than a squad player.
That can be further backed up by the fact Kaka made just 28 starts in Mourinho’s first two seasons at the club.
It’s a twist which ironically worked out well for United because had they signed Kaka, they may not have pursued a deal for Shinji Kagawa, a player Jurgen Klopp described as one of the best midfielders he’s ever seen.
Kagawa is widely tipped to be one of the club’s most important players heading into the new season, so there is a definite argument that everything worked out for the best.
“Madrid received two offers from big clubs, one from Italy and one from England, but Mourinho said no,” added the source.
Mourinho’s refusal to sell him might have been part of the problems he experienced with the hierarchy at Real Madrid which ultimately led him to cut a very unhappy figure by the time he left the club.
Real Madrid paid a hefty fee for Kaka at the same time they signed Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009. He’s a player Florentino Perez went after very hard so it’s possible Mourinho didn’t want to give the powers at the club another reason to get on his back.
However, that’s flawed through the fact Chinese and Russian moves were available unless it was all to do with getting back some of the €68 million Euros the club paid AC Milan for him in the first place.
United could still go after Kaka because he could do a superb job in the Manchester United midfield but his career has now gone past its peak and few would take the Brazilian over the imminent arrival of Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona.
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