The Sao Paulo striker is reportedly set to link up with his former teammate and fellow Brazilian at Orlando City SC.
Orlando were linked with a move earlier this week for Manchester United misfit Javier Hernandez, who is on a season-long loan at Real Madrid, but the MLS club’s general manager, Paul McDonough, has since refuted those Daily Mail-based rumours.
Nevertheless, the Kaka-captained side are in need of a veteran striker, having begun their inaugural season with just one win in five matches due to their lack of firepower, and are now said to be preparing to welcome another big-name international.
Luis Fabiano, 34, has scored 38 goals in 77 league games for Sao Paulo since re-joining the club from Sevilla in 2011 and helped them secure a second-place finish in the Brasiliero last season alongside Kaka, who was on a five-month loan from Orlando ahead of joining the Florida-based outfit for their first-ever preseason.
The pair were also Sao Paulo teammates between 2002 and 2003, before Kaka moved to AC Milan, and have lined up alongside each other on several occasions for the Selecao, including at the 2010 World Cup.
The 45-times capped forward remains best known for his successful spell at Sevilla, though, where he netted 106 times in 205 total appearances after arriving from Porto in 2005, helping the La Liga club win back-to-back UEFA Cups in 2006 and 2007 and two Spanish Cups in 2007 and 2010.
His goalscoring exploits saw him linked to the likes of Manchester United, AC Milan and Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2010, per the Telegraph, but a move failed to materialise and he instead returned to his native Brazil less than 12 months later to re-join Sao Paulo.
With seven months remaining on his current deal, a rift is now said to have developed between him and the club’s management and, according to ESPN Brazil, a deal to reunite with Kaka in MLS as soon as the summer is being worked on.
Considering Orlando’s sizeable Brazilian population, his signature would be another big coup for the expansion franchise and, given his prowess in front of goal, he could well give most of the league’s top defenders a tough time.