All the latest summer transfer news from Serie A...
The big news emanating from Serie A today was the departure of Kaka from AC Milan. The Brazilian made his name at the San Siro, becoming the best player in the world before a blockbuster switch to Real Madrid in 2009. Since then, it's been tough going for the 32-year-old, as age and fitness have taken their toll on him, but he did secure a switch back to Milan last summer in an emotional return.
With nine goals and five assists, his comeback wasn't a total failure, but today it was announced that Kaka had been allowed to leave Milan again. This time, he will return to former club Sao Paulo before embarking on an MLS adventure with new expansion team Orlando City.
Whilst not a direct swap, Milan could look to bring in another midfield player in Kaka's place after being linked with a move for Sampdoria's Spanish star Pedro Obiang. The 22-year-old had been suggested as a target for new boss Pippo Inzaghi, but the player's agent says it's unlikely that he will leave the club.
"I have no news about that,” Jose Miguel said. "Will he leave Samp? Not at the moment. We are very happy with how things are going. But of course, everything depends on them. But right now, I would say that Pedro will stay."
One player who won't be staying at Sampdoria though is striker Maxi Lopez. The Argentine spent the second half of last season on loan at the Estadio Luigi Ferraris, but rather than make his move permanent, the former Barcelona man has signed for Serie A rivals Chievo Verona from relegated Catania.
"Chievo strongly wanted me, they contacted my manager," Lopez said. "They talked to me in Argentina and they made their interest in me clear immediately. When they really want you, you can’t do anything other than accept. I had other offers but Chievo was a life choice, for my family too. It’s important to go to a team where I can show what I can do."