Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has said a deal for Milan playmaker Kaka could still go ahead, despite reports claiming that the Brazilian would be staying in Italy.
The Brazilian’s link with City has taken a number of twists and turns since reports of an world record £100million bid emerged on Wednesday.
On Thursday, arabianbusiness.com claimed that the Abu Dhabi-owned club have ended their interest in 26-year-old, but assistant City boss Mark Bowen was then quoted as saying that a deal to land Kaka was ‘very close’.
And now Hughes has revealed that the club could still secure the former Fifa World Player of the Year.
He told Sky Sports News: “I’ve seen these reports but you have to bear in mind that the people who are being given a platform to speak do not represent the owner (Sheikh Mansour) or (chairman) Khaldoon (Al Mubarak).
“In my opinion they should not be given a platform to say what they have because in this instance it is completely untrue because negotiations are still taking place.
“It would be naive to think I have not been involved in discussions over this transfer. I have had meetings about it and have had an input.
“It is impossible to say whether it will go through or not but we will let everyone know when there is something to say.”
Kaka’s advisor Diogo Kotscho said the 2007 Fifa World Player of the Year would be open to a move to Manchester City if Milan wanted to sell.
“It is not impossible, if Milan let us talk, then we will see what City have to offer,” Kotscho told BBC 5 Live.
“Kaka knows about the offer but the club did not give authorisation for talks, so we did not meet.
“It was a great proposal but it’s not about only money.
“We have to see if Manchester City have a project to become a Champions League team and become one of the top teams in the world, and to stay there long term.”
Previously Kaka had told the website of Mediaset, a TV company owned by Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi that he wanted to stay at the club for life.
“I want to grow old at Milan,” he said.
“I repeat what I have always said. Other clubs can make all the offers they want but it all depends on Milan.
“As I have said before, as long as Milan share my goals, I would like to stay here. Then if one day the club wants to sell me, than that would be a different matter altogether.
“My aim is to become at some point in the future the captain of this team.”