CARSON, Calif. – With David Beckham moving on from MLS after this season, the LA Galaxy already have eyes on a potential replacement: Ricardo Kaka.
The Brazilian playmaker has struggled to find consistent minutes at Real Madrid, and the MLS Cup finalists would offer a potential outlet should Kaka seek a transfer.
"If we want to – as a team and an organization – to push on and be the best that we can, to attract players like Kaka would be brilliant," Robbie Keane said.
Rumors continue to link the 30-year-old away from Los Blancos. Kaka has largely failed to recapture his AC Milan form which saw him awarded the 2007 Ballon d'Or.
"Someone like Kaka was only voted one of the best players in the world a few years ago," Keane said. "We welcome anyone with his stature and his ability to the Galaxy, but ultimately it's down to the boss."
The boss – AEG president Tim Leiweke – certainly agrees with Keane. The man who brought David Beckham to Los Angeles is now batting his eyelashes at Kaka, and doing so publicly.
Kaka has frequently talked of his admiration of the United States. His brother, Digao, plays for the New York Red Bulls, and the best man at his wedding, Marcelo Saragosa, is at D.C. United.
"We're well aware of Kaká's interest in MLS, and we in turn have made it very clear to him that he's aware of our interest in him," Leiweke told Sports Illustrated. "We have a great relationship with Real Madrid, and just as we worked through a player with them six years ago [Beckham], I'm absolutely convinced we could find the right deal this time, too."
The transfer window opens in January. The courtship, it seems, has already begun.
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