Following AEG President and CEO Tim Leiweke's comments to Sports Illustrated about the LA Galaxy's interest in Real Madrid midfielder Kaká, many have speculated about what it would take to bring the Brazilian international to The Home Depot Center.
The Brazilian addressed the speculation for the first time on Tuesday after Real Madrid's 4-1 win over Ajax in UEFA Champions League play. The match was a rare start for the 30-year-old Brazilian, who also scored a goal and wore in the captain's armband in Real's victory over the Dutch side. Several reports have stated that Real Madrid's President Florentino Perez would like to remove Kaká's 10-million Euros a year salary from the Spanish club's already hefty payroll.
“I have nothing at the moment,” Kaká said of the Galaxy speculation according to ESPN. “I keep doing my work to remain at Madrid. Then, we can see what happens and what the club wants. It is not a comfortable situation for the club or me...I will go if I have an agreement with the club.”
When asked to address Kaká's comments during his end of the season teleconference with local media, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena chose not to comment on any speculation, rather simply stating that Kaká is a "great player." However, when asked if the Galaxy could afford a player like Kaká, Arena admitted that he will have conversations with ownership about the cost of any potential new acquisitions.
“We can afford whatever, Tim Leiweke and Phil Anschutz say we can afford. Those kinds of decisions really go up the ladder and each situation as it comes our way is evaluated. We have had literally, over the four years I’ve been here, discussions over a couple dozen players and the financial impact that it has on our business. In the case of any player we do that," said Arena on Wednesday. "We don’t discuss acquisitions or transfers or anything of players with other teams. That’s ethically wrong…at this point in time; I’m not going to have a public opinion of one player over the other unless those players are free agents."