AC Milan said Friday it has begun talks aimed at bringing back Brazilian attacking midfielder Kaka three-and-a-half years after he left the Italian club to sign with Real Madrid.
Milan's chief executive, Adriano Galliani, said the 30-year-old Brazilian could return during the winter transfer period if the two clubs and Kaka can reach agreement on the thorniest issue in the negotiations - the players' high salary.
"We have the barrier of a salary that is not in keeping with the situation in Italy, and so we'll have to find imaginative solutions. If not, we won't get him," he added.
Galliani denied rumors that talks involving other players, such as Manchester City's Mario Balotelli, were taking place and might get in the way of Kaka's return, adding that "there's only one ongoing negotiation."
The Milan executive spoke by phone with Real Madrid President Florentino Perez to propose that Kaka return to the Italian club on a two-year loan deal, the time remaining on his contract with the Spanish powerhouse, Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport reported Friday.
The newspaper, which said Perez has not ruled out the possibility but only asked for time to think it over, reported that Kaka is prepared to accept a salary cut.
Kaka, who signed with Real Madrid in June 2009 for a then-record 67 million euros, was sighted Wednesday dining with Brazilian national squad teammate and current AC Milan striker Robinho.
The Brazilian had a stellar six-year run with the Red and Blacks from 2003 to 2009, including helping lead the club to the UEFA Champions League crown in 2007 and winning the Ballon D'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards that same year, but has not had the same success since joining Real Madrid. EFE