Chelsea have dismissed a claim made by Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani that they have made an “astronomical” bid for Brazilian playmaker Kaka.
The Premier League outfit have long been linked with a move for the 26-year-old and with the arrival at Stamford Bridge of former Brazil coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari, speculation has intensified.
Galliani told Italian newspaper La Stampa: “We received an astronomical offer from Chelsea for Kaka.”
But Galliani’s claims drew a sharp response from Chelsea, who claimed there was no substance to the report.
The Milan vice-president also revealed there has been interest in their 29-year-old Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo.
“For Pirlo, there have been many requests but neither Pirlo nor his agent have come into my office and asked me for an improvement in salary,” he added.
Galliani says selling Kaka and Pirlo would immediately improve the club’s finances.
“All we would need to do in order to wipe out our debts is sell Kaka and Pirlo,” he said.
New Chelsea boss Scolari will meet up with the current squad on Monday when the players return for pre-season training.