In a stunning move in the La Liga ranks, Real Madrid is considering releasing midfielder Kaka on a free transfer at the end of the season.
Depending on his current state at the time of a potential release and what his wage demands would require, Manchester United would be wise to take a long, hard look at the slumping Brazilian star.
As reported by Charles Perrin of Express.co.uk, both the Red Devils and Chelsea are set to gear up for Kaka's potential release by making a run at him this summer.
Originally reported by the Spanish paper El Economista, Kaka and Los Merengues haven't gotten along since he transferred from AC Milan in 2009 for what's now the third highest transfer fee of all time at €68.5 million. Such difficulties have led to a general displeasure on Madrid's part as the club decides whether or not to keep the midfielder for next season.
Considered the best player in the world at the time of his transfer to the Bernabeu, the attacking midfielder hasn't lived up to his Ballon d'Or form from Milan. More importantly, he hasn't been able to stay under the good graces of manager Jose Mourinho long enough to make an impact.
The breaking point came this past weekend, when Kaka was sent off with two yellow cards in just under 15 minutes of play. He can't seem to stay on the pitch to give striker and face of the franchise Cristiano Ronaldo any help—one of the main reasons Madrid is ready to part ways with the embattled Brazilian and rid itself of any future wage obligations.
On potential alone, Kaka is worth a look for the club at Old Trafford.
Manchester United already has stars Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie in place, and midfielder Michael Carrick leads the team in starts with 21. But imagine a Premier League lineup that featured those three and a healthy, motivated Kaka.
Throw in Patrice Evra and David De Gea, and Man U is suddenly looking like the Red Devils of old. They would be primed to reclaim city dominance from Manchester City after last season's stunning events unfolded.
In the middle of his six-year transfer deal to Real Madrid, it's unclear what kind of financial divot Kaka would command on the open market. Madrid is so fed up with his performance that it doesn't even seek a transfer fee, a sign that he shouldn't be anywhere near the €68.5 million mark that he was back in 2009.
The versatile Kaka has 500 appearances, 167 goals and 78 assists during his club career with Sao Paulo, Milan and Real Madrid. Yet he has appeared in just seven matches this season, widening the gap between what Madrid paid for and the performance it is getting.
Still, with the right amount of motivation in Premier League play and wages that motivate Kaka to play for a better deal, he would be a nice signing for Sir Alex Ferguson and the Red Devils. The rest of the season will have to play out, and who knows, Kaka may return to elite form.
If he does, or demands a higher salary than what Ferguson is willing to offer, expect him to be helping out somewhere other than Old Trafford this summer.
Ethan Grant is a featured columnist for B/R's Breaking News Team.