Real Madrid Transfer News: Potential Kaka Release Signals Big Ronaldo Payday

Ethan Grant@DowntownEGAnalyst IJanuary 15, 2013

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 04:  Cristiano Ronaldo (L) of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring with his teammate Kaka during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg match between Real Madrid and APOEL FC at Bernabeu on April 4, 2012 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
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Many pundits have been disappointed with Brazilian star Kaka's spell at Real Madrid; both with his performances and his relatively few chances to get on the pitch.

In keeping with the old saying, "Be careful what you wish for," it seems this might be the midfielder's swan song at the Bernabeu, a move that would both help him get a fresh start and also clear up the money currently slated to come his way. 

A report from El Economista in Spain has linked the 30-year-old with a move in the January transfer window. Not only is Kaka apparently on the move, Real Madrid is prepared to release him on a free transfer so as not to incur any more fees over the course of his current wage period.

ESPN helped translate the report into English; here's an excerpt from the story:

Real Madrid are prepared to release outcast Kaka on a free transfer this January according to El Economista, the Real hierarchy are reportedly fed up with the Brazilian's costly wages and poor performances after he was sent off at the weekend against Osasuna.

With that situation looming and Real currently third in the La Liga standings behind Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, los Blancos appear poised to do whatever it takes to keep striker Cristiano Ronaldo around past his current contract and build around the star in the coming weeks for a run at the championship.

In simple terms: The one player Real can't afford to lose is Ronaldo, so they will do whatever it takes to keep him around for the next three years and past the 2015 cutoff for his current wages.

Ronaldo has expressed interest in staying with the club through the 2015 date, but after his transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid, it's hard to take anything a player says without a grain of salt.

That being said, los Blancos are going to have to make a big play to keep their star in Madrid. To do that, concessions must be made.

One of those first concessions will be Kaka, whose €12m wages count against anything in the budget that the club could offer on an extension agreement with Ronaldo.

The breaking point between Kaka and Madrid was apparently this weekend in the club's unfortunate draw with Osasuna. Without suspended star Ronaldo and a slew of other Blancos out, Kaka did nothing off the pine to help his club come back and pick up much-needed points in the La Liga standings.

In fact, he did more bad than good, picking up a quick yellow card on a diving attempt and then another for arguing in the 76th minute, roughly 15 minutes after he subbed in in the first place. In a nutshell, it's one of those performances that makes Real faithful wish he was on another team.

That wish may come true in the next couple of weeks, as his release or mutual termination of contract would be the biggest move made so far during this transfer window. The money saved will help against the wage bill and maybe show that the hierarchy is serious about fixing some of the club's recent problems.

Kaka can still run around the pitch and is an effective attacker when focused and engaged, but his disappearing act from the regular starters has clearly affected his ability to contribute to Real for much longer.

This release is good for both parties, and will get the ball rolling on both keeping Ronaldo happy and also finding a way to keep him around until his playing days are over.


Ethan Grant is a featured columnist for B/R's Breaking News Team.


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