Kaka Transfer Rumors: Why the Real Madrid Star Will Not Join the Galaxy

Andrew Jordan@@Andrew_JordanSenior Writer INovember 30, 2012

CARSON, CA - AUGUST 02:  David Beckham #23 of Los Angeles Galaxy and Kaka #8 of Real Madrid walk after first half whistle during the World Football Challenge at The Home Depot Center on August 2, 2012 in Carson, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Tomorrow is David Beckham's final match with the Los Angeles Galaxy. Customarily, there are already rumors questioning who his replacement will be.

Over the past several months, the player who was popularly considered to be Beckham's replacement was Chelsea's Frank Lampard.

The Lampard speculation will probably diminish with the release of an interview by Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl with AEG President Tim Leiweke, who suggests that Real Madrid star Kaká would replace Beckham.

In the interview, Leiweke said:

"We're well aware of Kaká's interest in MLS, and we in turn have made it very clear to him that he's aware of our interest in him. We have a great relationship with Real Madrid, and just as we worked through a player with them six years ago [Beckham], I'm absolutely convinced we could find the right deal this time, too."

Kaká, who was the winner of FIFA's player of the year in 2007, has struggled at the Bernabéu since his then-record breaking transfer from AC Milan in 2009.

He never was able to score at least 10 goals in a season with Madrid, and did not put in one season with at least 30 appearances in La Liga.

Granted, this has primarily happened because of injuries. but Kaká is not the same player as he was just three years ago.

The potential transfer of Kaká has plenty of similarities with the Beckham transfer of five years ago.

Kaká is 30 years old, has not been a first-choice starter, and is considered to be one of the most recognizable athletes in the world.

Beckham was 31 at the time of his transfer, was not a first-choice starter under Fabio Capello until his final matches with Madrid, and was then (and still is today) a widely recognized star in football, along with pop culture.

Getting Kaká would be an outstanding player to acquire for any club. His presence would bring additional fans to whatever team he was playing for, along with millions of dollars.

Los Angeles would love to have him play alongside Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane. However, there are plenty of reasons why Kaká will not join Los Angles.

The first reason deals with the Brazilian national team. Kaká did appear in the last three friendlies for A Seleção and has a good chance to play in the 2014 World Cup, which Brazil hosts.

If Kaká decided to move to the Galaxy, his future with the national team would be in question considering MLS does not have the same skill quality as La Liga.

It also doesn't help Kaká that Brazil fired Mano Menezes and replaced him with Luiz Felipe Scolari within the last week. Scolari has already indicated that he will take a long look at the talent in which he is in possession of.

Kaká would not consider a move to the Galaxy if he knew his chance of playing in the 2014 World Cup was harmed.

Another reason why Kaká would not play for Los Angeles is due to the New York Red Bulls. If Kaká were to ever join any MLS club, it would probably be the Red Bulls.

New York already has Digão, Kaká's younger brother on their squad. Kaká also owns an apartment in New York, and told the New York Post that he would like to play for the Red Bulls "someday."

The Red Bulls currently have the maximum number of designated players (DP's) on their roster: Thierry Henry, Rafa Marquez and Tim Cahill.

But the Red Bulls could very well make a move. Especially considering that Marquez has publicly stated that he wants to complete a loan this off season.

Marquez has been a lightning rod of criticism toward the Red Bulls over the past two and a half years.

With a new manager joining New York for next season, his red card against D.C. United could very well be his final action for the Red Bulls.

Granted, it is unlikely that Kaká would join the Red Bulls, but New York would be a likely contender to secure the signature of the Brazilian, should he leave Madrid.

These two developments make the transfer unlikely. And considering the heavy links to Lampard, he is a more likely signee than Kaká for the Galaxy.


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