Sao Paulo’s new president Carlos Miguel Aidar has expressed a desire to bring Kaka back to the club from AC Milan.
The Brazilian side sold the former World Player of the Year to Milan in 2003 and have seen him enjoy a decorated decade of football in Europe.
Now 32 years of age, a return to the club where it all started has been mooted for Kaka.
He only returned to Milan for a second spell, after four years at Real Madrid, in September 2013, but he has been unable to replicate past successes at the San Siro.
His performances have suggested that a recall to the Brazil national side could be on the cards ahead of a home World Cup, but Milan have only recently found top form and are guaranteed to miss out on a top-three finish.
It has been reported that Kaka has a clause in his contract allowing him to leave this summer if Milan fail to reach the UEFA Champions League, and Sao Paulo hope that will work in their favour.
Aidar is, however, aware that it will be difficult to compete financially with the other teams expected to show an interest when the transfer window re-opens.
He told Lancenet: “I would really like to bring Kaka back.
"He is the face of Sao Paulo - well educated, speaks well, plays well, scores goals, but we can’t compete with the Arabs and the Chinese.
"If it becomes possible to bring him back, he will fit perfectly well at Sao Paulo."
Buon Compleanno, Kaka!
ANTONIO NOCERINO can’t see himself returning to Milan and has said there a lot less pressure in England.
Nocerino is one of the players that Milan sent on loan this season and he’s currently with West Ham where he has so far played nine games but even though the London-based side doesn’t have an option to purchase him, Noce wants to stay.
“I wasn’t part of the plans of Milan in January and I don’t think that the opinion Milan had on me then has changed in the past few months. I don’t want to be a burden and I’d like to stay in England and at West Ham,” the midfielder told Tuttosport.
“Life in England? Well here there is an infinite less pressure than in Italy. It’s just another type of approach and mentality. Here, for example, we don’t go in retreat before home games. The way the fans cheer is different too, although I must say that I will never forget the Milan fans. But I can’t see myself going back.” Nocerino, 29, joined Milan in the 2011 summer.
Meanwhile, Fabio Parisi, the agent of Bakaye Traoré, who is too owned by Milan but is on loan at Kayseri Erciyesspor, confirmed that Baka will return to the Rossoneri in the summer and “Milan will assess the situation” and see what to do.
Milan - Abbiati; Abate, Mexes, Rami, Constant; De Jong, Montolivo; Taarabt, Kakà, Robinho; Balotelli.
Livorno - Bardi; Valentini, Rinaudo, Castellini; Piccini, Benassi, Duncan, Mesbah; Greco; Paulinho, Emeghara.
Referee - Massimiliano Irrati.
HERE is the squad of Milan for tomorrow.
AC Milan face A.S. Livorno Calcio on Saturday when the clock points 15:00 CET (Italy time) at Stadio San Siro for the 34th matchday of the 2013/2014 Serie A season and the Diavolo coach Clarence Seedorf has named his squad for this match.
Ferdinando Coppola, Valter Birsa, Bryan Cristante, Michael Essien, Keisuke Honda, Andrea Petagna and Stephan El Shaarawy are out of the squad. Mattia De Sciglio & Sulley Muntari are back; Petagna and SES are fit but with the Primavera.
AC Milan Squad:
The 33-year-old is out of contract at Stamford Bridge this summer and is yet to be offered a new deal, while the Nigerian has been sidelined by the impressive Nemanja Matic.
AC Milan is weighing up moves for out-of-favor Chelsea duo Ashley Cole and John Obi Mikel as head coach Clarence Seedorf looks to bolster his ailing squad in the summer.
Cole’s current contract at Stamford Bridge expires at the end of the season and his long-term future is uncertain after falling behind Cesar Azpilicueta in Jose Mourinho’s affections.
The Portuguese boss is eager to keep the 33-year-old but Blues owner Roman Abramovich has yet to sanction a new deal, prompting Cole to explore other options.
After watching his struggling Milan side record an underwhelming victory over Catania on Sunday, Seedorf spoke of his desire to strengthen his squad in the fullback positions.
"I’d prefer the likes of Cafu and Serginho on the flanks, but we don’t have them!" he told reporters.
"[Daniele] Bonera has brought great balance to the side, [Kevin] Constant is a midfielder, [Urby] Emanuelson has played as a fullback a few times in his career, but we don’t really have a left back."
Mikel is also a target, but any move for the Nigerian this summer depends on whether Milan decides to sign Valencia loanee Adil Rami and QPR midfielder Adel Taarabt on permanent deals.
Should the club not, the Rossoneri will free up somewhere in the region of 14 million euros to use in their pursuit of Mikel, who moved to Stamford Bridge from Lyn Oslo in a deal worth 19 million euros in the summer of 2006.
Milan and Chelsea remain on good terms, having successfully negotiated the transfer of Michael Essien to San Siro for an undisclosed fee in January.
AC Milan general manager Adriano Galliani wants to make the signings of Adel Taarabt and Adil Rami permanent, while he is hoping the club can secure a place in next season’s Europa League.
Milan recorded their fourth Serie A win in a row on Sunday as theydefeated Catania 1-0 to push them to within three points off the final European spot.
And Galliani says he would love to see a difficult season finished off with qualification for the Europa League, even if it could be more of a financial drain than an added source of income.
"We would have to cancel our preseason tournament in the U.S. if we finish sixth since we would have to play in the qualifying rounds, but we’re keen on making it," he told Sky Sport Italia.
The loss of income from not appearing in a prestigious preseason tournament in the U.S. could eclipse the funds Milan could potentially earn from playing in the Europa League, but Galliani insists sporting ambition comes first.
"Of course we want to qualify," he added. "The revenue may be inferior to the Champions League, but let’s not look for excuses."
Qualifying for Europe would also give the club more chance of signing Taarabt and Rami, who have both settled in well at Milan and played their part in a recent revival since arriving on loan from Queens Park Rangers and Valencia respectively.
"Just don’t go telling QPR that we want to sign him [Taarabt] because the price is already fixed, but there’s no chance of us negotiating a lower one if they know how well he’s doing,” Galliani said.
"The same goes for Rami and Valencia. Don’t go telling people that they’re playing well for us."
With five games of the season remaining, Milan find themselves five points behind city rivals Inter, who are fifth. Should Fiorentina remain inside the top five, sixth will also be enough to qualify for the Europa League given that the Viola are in the Coppa Italia final.
"We’re just three points behind now, but there are so many teams in there and it’s best that we don’t make any calculations," Sunday’s match-winner against Catania, Riccardo Montolivo, told Milan Channel.
"All we know is that we’ve got to try to win all of our remaining matches. It’s going to be hard, but we believe we can do it."
The Rossoneri have Roma and Inter coming up, as well as games against Sassuolo and Livorno — two sides still fighting the threat of relegation.