It seems like a perfect fit. No team in a big European League is willing to purchase Kaka from Real Madrid and finally redeem him from being relegated into a bench and garbage time player because of his huge salary he doesn’t want to give up on, but the entry of AS Monaco into the game when it comes to expensive signings changes all that.
Kaka has been one huge, expensive disappointment as the third most expensive signing of all-time. The numbers – 29 goals and 32 assists in four years with Real Madrid are something he used to do in season and a half during his best days with AC Milan, but injuries and Jose Mourinho made Kaka into an insignificant player, not really happy with his role and playing time.
A year ago, AC Milan almost managed to bring back the player, but Kaka wasn’t willing to give up on his €10 million per season salary, while Real Madrid were also asking for around €20 million in transfer fee, hoping to get something back for their investment in Kaka, costing them €68.5 in 2009, the first signing of the new Galacticos.
His first year was quite good, at least while he was healthy. And that has been the story until this season, in which he’s been used in a wide variety of positions on the field, but never finding any consistency in his form or his playing time and in short, being nothing more than a fill-in player for whenever necessary.
It always seems like Kaka still has much more to give, and that he’s wasting away on the Real Madrid bench, instead of trying to show he can still be one of the best footballers in the world, or at least on certain days return to his ability of old.
Enter Monaco, and Dmitry Rybolovlev, who have already made quite a few impressive signings, that aren’t only about ability, but also about bringing in big names, and creating an international allure for his club, which usually plays in front of very small attendance in the Stade Louis II, which can’t hold more than 18,000 in any case.
Monaco can offer him that kind of money, and probably pay Real Madrid some sort of fee, although it’s hard to believe they can ask for too much considering Kaka’s standing with the team at the moment. One interesting twist that can occur is the arrival of Ancelotti, with Real Madrid possibly holding off any released before the Italian manager arrives. PSG, with Ancelotti, showed interest in Kaka from time to time over the last few years, not to mention playing his best football under him, which means it’s far from a done deal yet.