While Real Madrid may not be happy with the return it got from Kaka following his arrival in 2009, trying to maximize any value the 30-year-old midfielder has left at this point is a fool's errand that will not bring the results the club is looking for.
According to a report from MARCA, Real Madrid wants to get some financial return for Kaka instead of allowing him to go to AC Milan "for free."
A subsequent report from Goal.com states that not only does Milan want Kaka to take a pay cut, but the club wants Madrid to continue to pay some of his salary as well.
The Serie A giants are desperate to lure the Brazil international back to San Siro this summer, and have already held talks with the player's agent to discuss a potential move.
However, the Rossoneri's dire financial situation complicates matters, and the club are hoping to sign Kaka on loan without paying a fee, while requesting that Madrid continue to pay 50 per cent of the midfielder's wages.
While you can understand that Los Blancos would not want to be a part of such a deal, there is such a thing as addition by subtraction that could end up benefiting Madrid in the long run.
Kaka's performance with Madrid has been dwindling. He has never been great for Los Blancos, but his production just keeps going down.
He technically had his best season in 2011-12, with eight goals and 14 assists. However, those are hardly the kind of numbers you want from a player being paid the gross domestic product of a small country.
A change of scenery would serve Kaka well. After all, Madrid isn't going to get anything close to its money's worth from him, barring some miracle turnaround.
Sometimes, it's simply best to cut your losses and move on.
If that means eating a lot of money and loaning Kaka out for a short time, so be it. Madrid should take the plunge. Who knows, he might even be able to re-establish some value elsewhere, making it easier to transfer him once he returns.