The transfer market is a cruel beast in football. Think of it this way, for one set of fans it can leave upset, anger and frustration. For the other set of fans, joy, happiness, let the dreams begin. Paradoxically, these fans are connected by the sale/purchase of their old/new player.
In 2009 Milan were hurt. They were the jilted husband. The more attractive and superficial Mr Grey of Spain, Real Madrid had paid the asking price. Kakà was gone. Gino De Blasio takes a closer look at the predicament, both Kakà and AC Milan, find themselves in.
It’s not been plain sailing
In fact for Kakà it’s been pretty torrid. Plagued with injury since he left Milan, none of the doctors could seem to fix him. His appearances dwindled when he was fit, but soon found himself out of favour with Mourinho, more for the role he has than his ability. Milan on the other hand have had mixed fortunes. A Scudetto win since his absence, and decent runs in Europe, but they were always missing that key creative spark that Kakà brought to the squad.
The case for… The question now that the men in Via Turrati are having to ask is, “should we bring him back?” Real Madrid have effectively placed him on the market. He doesn’t feature in Mourinho’s game plan and at the value of €10 million, could still be a decent signing.
There seems to be a few key points in all of this. Firstly, Kakà has always maintained a good rapport with the Milan staff, and Berlusconi in particular. His presence for these people would steady a ship that has suffered with the departures of Thiago Silva and Ibrahimovic. Secondly, the price. €10 million for someone that has the ability but would need a little fixing could be a move that club is willing to make. They have the money, but is he the best player to stick it on? Thirdly, the fans. In some quarters, Kakà is still King in Milan. The fans that have rebelled recently against the Berlusconi family and demanded refunds for season tickets (false advertising; selling them on the image of Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva) would seem to be appeased by the whole deal.
The case against…
Where will he play? His more comfortable role is behind the strikers, a position in which Boateng has really made his mark and would not welcome the challenge. Play him up front as a second striker, which would impact on Pato or Cassano, and stiffle the development of El Shaaraway. Secondly, his wage demands. Currently valued to be €8 million annually, he will need to drop his demands drastically, but is he willing to do it? Seems silly that in this day in age, wage caps aren’t introduced into the game, but that’s for another piece, for another time. If Milan really is at “Day 1” as according to Max Allegri, then is Kakà, an old flame, the best person to help the squad in its new adventure? Would Allegri even play him?
Why ex’s don’t work
We’ve all been there. A relationship breaks down and you are always left wondering, “what if?” And sometimes you get back together, but it doesn’t quite seem to work out. You re-discover the things that made it incompatible to start with, there’s an unnecessary tension, a desire to rediscover the passion of old, but it unfortunately breaks down into new issues and subsequent failure. Do I think Kakà should return to Milan? The heart says yes, but the head, unfortunately says no.
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