£100m deal in confusion

Hughes denies that Kaka move is off

January 15, 2009
By Soccernet staff

Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has said he could still sign AC Milan midfielder Kaka.

GettyImagesKaka: City boss dismissed rumours coming from the Middle East.

Reports from the United Arab Emirates, the home of City's owners, claimed the deal for the Brazilian was off despite reports of a £100million bid from City who are also said to be willing to pay the player £500,000 a week.

Arabianbusiness.com, who broke the story of the Manchester City takeover by Abu Dhabi United group in the summer, claim to have been told by a senior source that the deal is off.

Hughes dismissed those reports from the UAE, telling a press conference: "I've seen these reports but you have to bear in mind that the people who are being given a platform to speak do not represent the owner (Sheikh Mansour) or (chairman) Khaldoon (Al Mubarak).

"In my opinion they should not be given a platform to say what they have because in this instance it is completely untrue because negotiations are still taking place."

He added: "It would be naive to think I have not been involved in discussions over this transfer. I have had meetings about it and have had an input.

"It is impossible to say whether it will go through or not but we will let everyone know when there is something to say."

A City delegation, including chief exc Garry Cook, were in Italy on Monday to discuss a move for the player.

Hughes was not part of the trip but said: "I have a complete understanding of what is happening. This is not something we have just arrived at this week...To add any more at this stage would be wrong."

Hughes claims to be comfortable with a situation where City appear able to lavish untold riches on Kaka, while failing to complete deals for Craig Bellamy, Scott Parker and Roque Santa Cruz.

"I want players who would enhance our squad. He is in that category," said Hughes.

"There is no time limit other than February 2, which is the day for all deals, but that applies to every bid we have put in.

"Ideally we would have brought more players to the club by now. That is still our aim."

Kaka himself said on Wednesday that he wanted to stay with Milan and "grow old" at the San Siro.