Galatasaray renew Kaka interest
December 10, 2012
Galatasaray could be set to offer Kaka a January window escape from Real Madrid, according to reports in the Turkish and Spanish media.
Jasper Juinen/Getty ImagesKaka appears set to leave Real Madrid after three-and-a-half tumultuous years at the Bernabeu
Kaka hinted last week that he was not happy with a secondary role under Jose Mourinho, while Los Blancos president Florentino Perez would reportedly like to remove the Brazilian's hefty salary from the club's wage bill.
MLS champions Los Angeles Galaxy have recently been mooted as the most likely destination, but speaking after Galatasaray's 3-1 win over Sivasspor maintained their position as Turkish Lig leaders, coach Fatih Terim said he wanted to sign a big name playmaker next month - with Kaka the preferred option.
“The president asked me if I wanted to sign Diego Ribas or [Wesley] Sneijder,” Terim said “I told him I wanted Kaka."
Gala president Unal Aysal said he would do what he could to make the veteran coach’s wishes come true.
“My colleagues and I are working with all our powers to fulfill his desires,” Aysal said. “Terim said he needed a player so we must sign someone in January. We will do it as Terim is very important for us and we want him to be happy. Now all it needs is that the club are willing to sell us the player.”
Speculation that Galatasaray were interested in Kaka is not new. In September Aysal suggested the club would move for the Brazilian should Gala reach the Champions League knock-out stages. Terim’s side duly progressed to the last-16 with consecutive wins over Cluj, Manchester United and Braga in their final three Group H games.