With Real Madrid looking to fill its roster with even more expensive talent this offseason, Kaka's days with Los Blancos appear to be numbered. The midfielder is still one of the headliners of La Liga, but tensions between him and Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho are at the point now where a move is almost inevitable.
Of course, whenever a talent such as Kaka is available during the transfer window, teams across the world will line up for his services. Only a few rumored destinations make sense for the 30-year-old star, so here's a look at where Kaka could wind up when all is said and done.
A Twitter rumor (via ESPN Soccernet) stating that Kaka could be joining the Red Devils may not have much weight to it, but it was enough to convince the SkyBet online betting firm to establish Manchester United as 1/5 favorites to acquire the Brazilian midfielder this summer.
The move seems like the perfect match for player and team: For starters, United has both the means and desire to acquire at least one more top-flight talent during the transfer window. Kaka, meanwhile, opted against a stint the Premier League back in 2009 but appears amenable to a move to England following his time with Real Madrid.
So while there may not be many legs to the rumor as of yet, Kaka to Old Trafford makes a whole lot of sense for everyone involved.
According to Stefan Coerts of Goal.com, the Rossoneri would love to re-acquire Kaka, but the odds against that happening are extremely slim.
FIFA agent Ernesto Bronzetti explained that it would be difficult for a cash-strapped team such as AC Milan to foot the bill on Kaka's 10 million Euro salary.
Per Goal.com's Stephen Mcilkenny, Bronzetti said, "'When Real Madrid absolutely has to give him away, then they might have a chance, but unfortunately, right now Kaka is a prisoner of his wages.'"
ESPN Soccernet's Dermot Corrigan notes that Turkish club Galatasaray is willing to foot the bill for half of Kaka's salary in a loan deal, but Real Madrid doesn't appear to be interested.
Kaka's interest in playing in Turkey is in question as well, according to Galatasaray chairman Unal Aysal (via Goal.com). "'Galatasaray have the power to buy him, that's not a problem for us,'" said Aysal. "'But I personally think it's very unlikely for Kaka to come to Turkey.'"
Any move to Turkey depends on Kaka's desire to play for a top-level club next season. If he does, and if he's adamant about leaving Real Madrid, then Galatasaray may not be a terrible option.
According to Spanish newspaper AS, the Los Angeles Galaxy may be making a play for Kaka as the team's replacement for David Beckham, whose contract expires in December. The Galaxy has the money to make a deal happen, and Kaka doesn't seem to be opposed to a move to the States.
Like Beckham's, Kaka's name carries a significant amount of weight in the U.S. market. More importantly, the MLS would benefit greatly from an international standpoint if the league was able to add the first athlete to surpass the 10 million follower mark on Twitter (more than 12.3 million people currently subscribe to his feed).