If nothing else, Chelsea are relentless in their pursuit of Kaka, the Brazilian World Player of the Year. It’s clear that the Blues are desperate to land the Milan playmaker, despite being blessed with a squad which is already teeming with quality.
The Guardian reveals that while the Blues seemingly remain some way from signing their number one target, a Milan source has revealed that the midfielder’s wages would amount to £1 million per month, smashing the amount that David Beckham earns for wandering around the field and taking the occasional set piece for LA Galaxy.
The 26-year-old, whose representative last week claimed Chelsea had made a €100m bid for him, signed a new deal earlier this year, which by 2013 will earn him a €13m (£10.25m) salary – just less than £1m a month.
‘Kaká’s contract gives him €9million in its first season and rises by a million euros for each of its five years,’ a Milan source told Observer Sport. ‘To better that, Chelsea will have to begin at more than £200,000 a week.’
Chelsea are probably prepared to offer this, although the Italian club seem pretty steadfast in their refusal to let their jewel in the crown leave for England. When you’re earning millions of pounds playing for Milan, a little extra in your pay packet at Stamford Bridge is hardly going to make a massive amount of difference. Will the Blues finally be forced to give up on Kaka or where there’s a will, there’s a way?