What now for AC Milan eh?
While the storm clouds have been gathering over Milan for the past few days, it has become clear that there is one certainty to be gleaned from the whole business.
Milan are no longer a club that holds onto their best players.
Silvio Berlusconi once said that Milan do not sell their champions. What a lie that has proven to be in this whole sad, sorry mess.
Kaka didn't want to leave Milan. He said so himself many times. But even a man who expresses his undying loyalty to a club has his price it seems.
I don't begrudge Kaka for leaving Milan after the way that he was treated by the club when they were on the verge of selling him off to Man City back in January. I knew that the decision made then would come back to haunt the club.
The only thing that remains to be seen is how much this will affect AC Milan.
With Pato seemingly making overtures to Chelsea, we will see how resolved they actually are to holding onto their champions.
We will also have to see exactly what they do with the loot that has come their way.
If they pump the funds back into developing a new squad, overhauling the average age and bringing Milan back to the power house of a club that ruled Europe for over twenty years then it may prove to be good business.
Recent activity by the club however suggests otherwise.
They let Yoann Gourcuff go for a peanuts fee considering the potential he was showing in Ligue 1. Why wasn't he recalled when it was clear Madrid would come sniffing around Kaka once Perez was re-elected? They had a ready made replacement they just washed their hands of.
With his sale and now that of Kaka, Milan have in the region of 70 million Euros to play with. That's a lot of money they can throw around in the search for new talent. If they invest wisely it could turn out that the sale of Kaka is a very good business deal.
Let's not forget injuries have hampered Kaka in the past season or so. Who is to say it won't strike him again?
One thing is for certain. If the club uses that money to pay off debts and stay the way they are, they will only stagnate further and fall behind our bitter rivals wearing blue and black across the city. How Morrati and co would love to see that.