Just how close were the Stamford Bridge side from signing Brazilian genius?
Chelsea’s hopes of signing Kaka this summer have been dashed after the Brazil star was left facing four months on the sidelines.
The Real Madrid forward was forced out of his side’s training camp in the United States and is now in Antwerp where he may require a knee operation.
Kaka complained of discomfort in his knee during a routine medical check-up after linking up with the Spanish club following his participation in the World Cup.
Further tests revealed the new injury.
‘It is suspected that there may be an injury to the meniscus, which could require arthroscopic surgery,’ Madrid said on their website.
‘Kaka has travelled to Belgium accompanied by club doctor Carlos Diez and will be examined by a specialist in Antwerp.’
Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti signed Kaka for AC Milan in 2003 and has admitted he would love to have him in his team again.
But former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, now in charge at Real Madrid, would be reluctant to let the 28-year-old leave the Bernabeu. And Mourinho refused to be too downbeat about Kaka’s injury.
The Portuguese said: ‘If we have to lose him for a while, it won’t be a drama – we have other players. But we want him to be at 100 per cent so he is happy.
‘He is a player who is much loved by his team-mates – he is one of the best players in the world.’ (Daily Mail)
So were Chelsea really going to make a significant bid for the Brazilian magician? Real Madrid paid £56m for Kaka last summer and were surely not going to offload the midfield maestro so swiftly. It seems that the knee injury he has been nursing has put paid to any imminent move for the former AC Milan man.
It seems that any link between the west London club and the 28 year old is based solely on the obvious connection between the former AC Milan player and Carlo Ancelotti. Jose Mourinho is not about to consider offers for a player as talented as Kaka.
Reports of the big money signing not having a stand out season last term have been greatly exaggerated and appear to only exist in the minds of some poorly informed reporters. Whilst its true he did not have anything like the impact that Cristiano Ronaldo had he did nonetheless have a lot to do with Real Madrid claiming their highest points total in their La Liga history.
Mourinho will of course have a number of other options to turn to due to the immense size of his Bernabeu squad but none of those options will be as important as the injured playmaker.