There was a point in time when the idea that nobody in the Premier League was after Kaka or Wesley Sneijder was simply laughable. Even when not up for sale most teams in the league certainly envied their employers to the point of which they would snap them up at any cost given the slightest opportunity.
At the moment however neither have many suitors despite it being made abundantly clear that their respective clubs do not want them sticking around. Sneijder was first. After rejecting the notion of a rather hefty pay-cut at tax-hit Inter Milan he was essentially outcasted from first team action in order to try and force him into an acrimonious exit from the Giussepe Meazza.
With Inter even willing to consider the idea of letting him go on the extremely cheap it was thought there would be a buffet of teams for the Dutch international to pick from. However that has been far from the case. The 28-year-olds hefty wage demands made him an almost impossible signing for most the Premier League’s big players. It was believed his preferred destination was Liverpool but they were not be about to pay him anything near the £200k-a-week he has been living off in Milan.
The only team willing to stump up the cash for his services were Turkish outfit Galatasaray; and judging by the way in which he has stalled over that deal it would appear he was not particulary keen. On this occasion even beggars who want £200k-a-week cannot be choosers.
Kaka now finds himself in a similar position. Not identical however; while Inter were being very lenient with their asking price for Sneijder it appears that Real are after an extremely inflated price for a player who has suffered desperately with injuries and weight problems in recent years.
AC Milan are very interested in re-signing the Brazilian but the fact remains that they are struggling to pay his wages. Like their cross city rivals they too are struggling with a hefty wage-bill and so a prospective loan deal is falling apart before it even gets off the ground.
There is talk that Kaka may consider buying out his contract in order to make a move elsewhere; perhaps back to his native Brazil or to the LA Galaxy as a replacement for David Beckham but one thing that does seem for sure is that neither will be playing in the Premier League anytime soon.
QPR on the other hand are bound to be linked with him through some sort of spoof in the next week; for that we can probably be sure.
Should Kaka take a massive pay cut in order to play first-team football?
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