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Kaká saga is a hoax?

Monday, January 19, 2009

The advisor to Manchester City owner claims the story about Kaká making a world transfer record to Eastlands is a 'ridiculous' hype brought forth by AC Milan.

According to The Observer, an unnamed advisor to City's billionaire owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, revealed from Abu Dhabi that the media coverage of a megabucks transfer, plus reported £500,000-a-week wages, were merely a fantasy.

The media has been covered all week with reports that the Brazilian star might join City for £108 million as the Rossoneri have given the 26-year-old and his representatives permission to talk to the Premier League club.

On Saturday, Milan president Silvio Berlusconi claimed that with the figures allegedly on the table they could not stand in Kaká's way if he wants to leave.

That gave credence to growing rumours in Italy that the story has been hyped up by the Milan supremo, in an attempt to earn good publicity when no move materialises and Kaká stays at the San Siro. First reports of the megabid appeared on a website owned by Berlusconi.

The advisor also claimed that while contact had been made with Milan, any deal for the former FIFA World Player of the Year is closer to £50 million than the reported £108 million.

Zinedine Zidane's £46 million move from Juventus to Real Madrid in 2001 is the current world record for a transfer.

"The reports are absolutely ridiculous and so far wide of the mark it's unreal," said the source. "Kaká would command a price around that of previous world-best players. But at the moment it is difficult to pick an exact number.

"A hundred million, in pounds or euros, is ridiculous. It doubles the previous record for a transfer.

"In the current economic climate, how could there possibly be a return on that or a salary of £500,000 a week? You could do so much else with that amount of money.

"It should be remembered that Manchester City's owner is an intelligent man. He will not just throw money at anything."

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