Real Madrid midfielder Kaka has been told that he would have to take a huge paycut if he wanted to return to AC Milan in the summer.
Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani responded to speculation that the Brazilian midfielder could be set to return to the San Siro after a troubled spell with Madrid in which injuries and form have hindered his development, by claiming that a deal would be very difficult to strike.
Having previously maintained that the club have no immediate plans to add the former World Player of the Year to the squad, Galliani also insisted that his wages would provide a major stumbling block in any case.
"Kaka's return to Milan? Ricardo earns too much, because in Spain they pay less taxes," Galliani told RaiDue. "I am sorry that he has problems in Madrid, but to come back to us he would have to drop a lot his salary. We can afford the wage of only one [player like] Ibrahimovic."
Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi also played down talk of a possible move, but claimed that Kaka would be welcome if he did decide to return.
"Should he want to come back, it would be good news," Berlusconi told Tuttosport. "Anyway, I don't think it is possible, not at this moment. But should he want to come back, this would really be great news for Milan and for all supporters."
Meanwhile, Real Madrid have confirmed that Kaka faces a further fortnight on the sidelines after suffering another knee injury.
The 28-year-old only recently returned to first-team action following eight months out, and he felt another niggle to the same knee which underwent surgery during the match against Deportivo La Coruna at the end of last month.
He subsequently underwent scans which uncovered an oedema - an accumulation of fluid - on the knee.
A Madrid statement read: "Treatment includes fitness work in the gymnasium and on the pitch, as well as complementary physiotherapy. The player is expected to miss 15 days and his progress will be monitored.''