Italian Serie A

Galliani: Milan searching for the new Kaka

September 3, 2009
By Soccernet staff

AC Milan chief Adriano Galliani has intimated that the Serie A club are scouring South America in order to fill the non-EU spot vacated by Uruguay starlet Tabare Viudez with the next Kaka.

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Viudez, 19, had his contract mutually rescinded at the Rossoneri, and Galliani suggested a new superstar could arrive at the San Siro in January as he moved to placate disgruntled fans following Saturday night's 3-0 mauling in the Milan derby.

"Who will be the next Kaka? It's hard to say, but we are working on it," Galliani said. "We have a free non-EU place, which is something we could not boast last season. We'll see..."

In 2003, Milan released Nigerian striker Aliyu Datti to free up a non-EU place and signed Kaka, who joined Real Madrid in June for a transfer fee of €67.5m.

Galliani added: "I want to remind everyone that Aliyu is the player that was sold to Standard Liege and allowed us to free up a non-EU spot for Kaka."