Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon has denied making a record-breaking bid to prise Kaka from Milan, but admitted that the club was still interested in signing Real Madrid’s Robinho.
The chief executive dismissed reports that Chelsea had submitted a world-record £80million bid for Kaka, the World Player of the Year, and said talks had stalled.
“There was no offer made,” said Kenyon. “I have read the same articles. They have made it clear that he is not for sale and we will make it clear we have not made an offer.
“There is no reason to negotiate over something they don’t want to do and we have not made an offer.”
Kenyon’s remarks came in response to a claim by Milan that Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani that they had rejected an offer from Chelsea for the Brazilian.
“It’s true that Chelsea made a conspicuous offer, but I will not say how much it was,” said Galliani.
“It is equally true that we said no. President Silvio Berlusconi rejected the chance to sell Kaka, just as he told Real Madrid no in 2001 for Andriy Shevchenko.”
But Kenyon did confirm that Chelsea were still in negotiations with Real Madrid over fellow Brazilian Robinho.
“It is well noted we have shown interest,” he added. “We have had discussions with Madrid over it and they are ongoing. The window is still open and we are still talking to Madrid,” Kenyon said.
Chelsea have signed Portuguese internationals Deco and Jose Bosingwa as they bid to improve on last season’s runner-up finishes in the Champions League and the Premier League.