Friday, May 25, 2018

Galliani: Madrid wanted €18m for Kaka; Balotelli won’t miss England

Adriano Galliani has revealed that AC Milan were unwillingly to meet the €18 million that Real Madrid demanded for Kaka in the January transfer window.

AC Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani has revealed that the club were unwillingly to meet the €18 million that Spanish giants Real Madrid demanded for Kaka in the January transfer window, ESPN understands.

Kaka, who joined Los Blancos from Milan for a fee of €68 million in 2009, has failed to tie down a place in Jose Mourinho’s first-team, with Mesut Özil and Luka Modrić ahead of the Brazilian on the Portuguese manager’s depth chart.

The No. 10 midfielder was strongly linked with a return to the San Siro in January, but negotiations between the two sides proved unsuccessful due to the Brazilian’s enormous weekly wages and Real Madrid’s outrageous €18 million valuation of the player.

“Real Madrid wanted €18 million – a figure that given his age and salary demands made a deal frankly unthinkable. The story about Kaka is a closed chapter for me,” Galliani told Corriere dello Sport.

Kaka, 30, has started just one league match for the Spanish champions this season. In fact, he’s been sent-off more times, 1, than he has found the back of the net in La Liga in 2012-13.

The Brazil international has made 15 appearances for both club and country this term, totaling four goals and two assists.

Balotelli won’t miss England

AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli has once again professed his love for Manchester City F.C., but his feelings regarding English culture were less than positive, according to Sky Sports.

The Italy international was welcomed by his new club on Friday after finalising his £17 million move to Milan on transfer deadline day.

Upon his arrival in Italy, was interviewed by the Italian media. He thanked City, the club’s supporters and Roberto Mancini for their support before blasting the English press, the weather and the food.

“I have to say thanks to all the City fans because they’ve been very nice to me and they always supported me in the good and in the bad moments,” said Balotelli.

“And I have to thank my team-mates and the manager. Everything else, I’m happy that I left England.

“Good things – only when I get to Carrington to train. So my team-mates and manager. And the bad things? Everything else.

“The press, first. The weather. The food. The way you drive. That’s it.”

Balotelli, 22, is expected to make his Milan debut against Udinese at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on Sunday.

Can the Balotelli-El Shaarawy partnership lead Milan to a top-three finish in Serie A, which would ultimately guarantee UEFA Champions League football for the Rossoneri next season?


Shawn Etemadi



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