Legendary football star and currently Orlando City midfielder Kaka has revealed he came extremely close to joining a Premier League club in a £100m deal.
That club comes in the form of Manchester City when they offered £100million to AC Milan for the Brazilian, a fee that they accepted.
The first £100m fee has only just been recorded and would have been the biggest news in footballing history eight years ago.
That was nearly the case after the bid was accepted and it was all lined up for Kaka to come to the Premier League.
Though, what Manchester City did not account for was the rejection of the Brazilian star.
Man City had just been taken over by Sheikh Mansour who was planning a major overhaul at the club.
This played a huge factor in the playing not moving to the Etihad, with the player citing apprehensions over the scale of City’s ambition as one reason.
Not only that, the player admitted that he did not want to uproot his family and dealing with like in England despite several thoughts of a move.
“Negotiations went very far indeed. The only thing separating City and I was my final word,” he explained to FourFourTwo.
The wages I had been offered were much, much higher than what I was earning with Milan.
“I came to the conclusion that it was not quite the right time for me to go to City, and the main reason was the uncertainty over the squad-building process.”
“I was being asked to swap one of the most historic and successful clubs in Europe for a team who were only at the beginning of a new project, where I was supposed to be the first big player.”
“It was safer to stay at Milan.”
Not gonna lie, I miss our golden boy so damn much. Kaká was the brain of the Seleção from 2006 to 2010. Gave Dunga a coaching career. pic.twitter.com/4wj9YZnrT5
— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStat) October 4, 2017
Still got it
While the name Kaka often brings back thoughts of the past, the Brazilian is still impressing in the MLS.