Rumors abound as the summer transfer window finally draws to a close.
AC Milan CEO and transfer window wizard Adrian Galliani has been quick to put speculation to rest as he had this to say to La Gazzetta dell Sport:
"Milan's transfer market has closed. I have already said this many times recently. I want to reiterate what I said before, all the names being linked with us by reports are without foundation. Our squad is complete."
Sound familiar? It seems most wise to take anything Galliani has to say regarding transfers with a grain of salt.
The Italian was equally as adamant just last year in his claims that the San Siro side was closed for business.
We all ignorantly believed “Uncle Fester” right up until Zlatan Ibrahimavic and Robinho were donning their new Rossoneri kits, all smiles.
The return of Milan idol and world beater Kaka has been a hot button topic since his departure. Following an incredibly busy transfer window for Real Madrid, which has seen the side amass a plethora of talent in the midfield, the speculation has never been greater.
Jose Mourinho has not yet ruled out the playmaker’s departure as he did for the likes of Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain. But the coach voiced his respect for the former World Player of the Year in an interview with Goal.com:
"Kaka is my player. He has worked very hard since the first day. He hasn't missed one single training session. It was my decision not to play him very much in official matches but a lot during preseason. He is called up for Zaragoza, like the good professional that he is, and he will be on the bench. That Ozil will play is nothing new, but I am happy to look to my side and have a player like him there."
Goal.com reports that Milan has already made a play for the player’s return, having launched a €15 million up front bid for his full rights.
Additionally, a secondary offer would bring Kaka back to the San Siro on loan for the 2011-12 season with a permanent option of €20 million due next summer.
However, even if the La Liga side were to accept such an audacious bid after shelling out €65 million no more than two years ago, the ultimate decision would come down to Kaka who is keen to prove himself after a predominately injury-marred stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.
"I'm happy with our start to the league; this day is important to all of us." said Kaka.
"I've always been clear about wanting to be successful at Real Madrid. Mourinho said he counts on me and I hope to make good use of the chances I get. We all enjoyed ourselves and we're all very happy with the match."
The close of last year's window played out like a beautiful dream, but miracles simply do not happen all that often. While we can expect a last minute arrival or two, the homecoming parade will have to be cancelled...until 2012.