Bernabeu star on Emirates Stadium radar.
Arsene Wenger is said to be toying with the idea of making an inquiry as to the availability of Brazilian internatonal Kaka with a view to a possible move for the Real Madrid man this month. The Arsenal boss had been linked with a move for the former AC Milan man in the summer and having seen his first team chances limited thus far this term there is a chance that the 29 year old would consider leaving the La Liga giants in pursuit of regular action.
Kaka has seen his spot in Jose Mourinho’s starting eleven handed to German international Mesut Ozil ever since he returned from the 2010 World Cup needing to undergo knee surgery that initially ruled the attacking midfielder out for eight months. Thus far this term the Brasilia born former World Footballer of the Year has made just 11 starts to Ozil’s 21 and given the gap in the relative ages of the two players, six years, it’s a situation that is likely to only worsen for the Brazilian.
There has been a great deal of speculation about the Real Madrid man’s future and there has been interest from Ligue 1 big spenders PSG, Chelsea and former club AC Milan but Arsene Wenger will hope he can beat other prospective suitors to the punch.
Wenger has seen his North London side slip to seven Premier League defeats this season and Arsenal’s need to retain their spot in the coveted top four will push the usually spendthrift side to consider a big name signing in order to make both a statement of intent, which could help to persuade skipper Robin Van Persie to sign a new contract, as well as more creativity to the centre of the Gunners midfield.
Arsenal may first look to seal a deal to bring Kaka in on a loan deal this month that could lead to a permanent transfer in the summer. Real Madrid will not consider selling the playmaker for less than £20m, which is less than half the £56m they paid AC Milan for the player back just under two and a half years ago.
Wenger is said to be ready to conduct a minor clear-out in the summer with the likes of Andrei Arshavin, Sebastien Squillaci, Marouane Chamakh and Abou Diaby all said to be available at a price. Those plans may be brought forward and offers for the quartet in January could be accepted in order to help fund any move to lure Kaka to the Emirates Stadium.