A well-balanced, creative and oft-misused attacker, Kaka, 31, has put himself on the transfer market with just three days left to act in the summer window. Considering there are a number of sides in the Premier League who have yet to announce a major signing, could the Real Madrid forward be on their radar?
There are a number of key players potentially available at Real Madrid: powerful striker Karim Benzema, tricky winger Angel di Maria and playmaking midfielder Mesut Ozil, however, not one of them has made a declaration of intent to leave Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Acquired from AC Milan for £56m four years ago, Kaka is ready to represent another club and is quoted by ESPN to have said: 'I want to leave.'
He added: 'I think now is the right moment for me and for the club for me to leave amicably. I have spoken to [Real Madrid manager] Carlo Ancelotti and with the club, they all know. Things are difficult for me now in the team, and the club knows what I want. It's my obligation to work and keep training, but my father is already working to see if something comes up.
'I think it's the best thing for me and the club. We can only hope for a solution before this next Monday.'
There is potentially a gamble for British clubs taking on a player like Kaka. The Brazilian, capped 87 times, was undoubtedly one of the best players in world football during his time at the Giuseppe Meazza, playing for Milan.
In Serie A, he was afforded the luxury of the pitch, time on the ball and license to run with the ball at pace. He was renowned for his explosiveness, his finishing ability and was rightly feared by opposition defenders.
That fear factor has ebbed away after four years in La Liga as the pace of the game in Spain is quicker than it is in Italy, leaving Kaka with less time on the ball. He also has had difficulties maintaining match fitness — primarily because of injury. Repeated groin complaints, for instance, have seen a slowing of his trademark speed.
The Premier League, unlike Serie A, is played at a frenetic pace but, in order to make the most of Kaka, he should be positioned high up the pitch with a focus not on expecting him to be a maker of plays, but rather a finisher of them… the areas he will be most influential will be just outside the opponent's penalty box, where he can cannon the ball toward goal.
For a team like Arsenal, Kaka is a: available, b: inexpensive, c: a quality squad player and d: if bought in tandem with another high-profile name, could ease the tensions between fans and the board over the sheer lack of action within the transfer market.
Kaka could thrive on the service provided to him by diminutive passer Santi Cazorla. He is a tall, physically-adept player who has retained a strong penchant for dribbling and his eye-for-goal, as demonstrated by his strike against Internazionale and his brace versus Deportivo La Coruna in friendlies, recently.
He would also relish the opportunity to ply his trade at the highest level: 'My intention is to keep playing in Europe.'
Manchester United, too, could take a punt on Kaka, seeing the veteran as a squad replacement for Wayne Rooney, should the Englishman be subject to a strong, late, bid from Chelsea.
Both clubs, though, would likely rival multiple Serie A sides for the player's signature and a return to Milan has even been mooted as a possibility as club vice-president Adriano Galliani recently confirmed: 'Kaka has always been in our hearts, we'll see if it will be possible.'
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