Really surprised to read La Gazzeta Dello Sport today and the particulars of a phone call between Leonardo and Jose Mourinho last week. It appears that the two speak often, but this call was different as it concerned a swap between the two clubs involving Maicon and Kaka.
According to the newspaper report:
This whole story began when José Mourinho asked his president for a full-back named Fabio Coentrao, class of 88 from Benfica and a Portuguese international. Benfica however wanted the princely sum of 35 million euro, and Perez wasn’t overpleased at that. So Mourinho started playing around with last year’s idea and with a bit more conviction this time: Sisenando Maicon, and he asked Leonardo about him. Leo told him about a great player whose performance this year had been up and down and that’s when the Idea with a capital “I” came: Leo replied asking for Ricardo Kakà in exchange. And, as Mourinho already has “El Kun” Aguero within his grasp, he can easily do without him.
While the idea of a swap makes sense there are several very big obstacles in the way. They are:
- Kakà is an ex-AC Milan player who still feels a lot of loyalty towards the Rossoneri. He does not seem like the kind of person who would go to his former clubs biggest rivals
- Kakà has stated several times that he doesn’t intend to leave Real until he has proved himself there. His two seasons in Madrid have been a disaster and I don’t know if he wants to leave yet.
- Kakà earns 10 million euro a year in Madrid, a salary that would blow apart Inter’s wage structure
- Last and not least, two summers ago Kakà cost Real Madrid €67 million. Last summer Maicon was available at €30 million. So in order to make this deal work, Inter would have to include about €37 million plus Maicon. That is a lot of money. Now if Inter gets €30 million for Sneijder, then the financial difference between the two playerrs looks more feasible.