Chelsea have been boosted in their pursuit of Kaka, with AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani admitting that the Italian giants cannot afford the superstar midfielder.
“That would be a difficult operation with financial complications,” Galliani said of a potential move for the Brazilian.
The vice-president also said that AC would not be in the running for Bastian Schweinsteiger or Cesc Fabregas.
"I understand that Fabregas is an Arsenal player and not a Barcelona one,” Galliani said.
“There will be no battle between Barcelona and us for him. His transfer fee is hyperbolic and he's not one of our objectives.
"Schweinsteiger is a flag bearer and he won't be coming to Milan.”
Kaka, who has been rated by the Metro at £50 million, has long been connected with a move to Chelsea, though other clubs around Europe are no doubt vying for the star’s signature.
While Kaka has continually insisted he is happy at Real Madrid, with the club looking at limited transfer funds this summer, a cash injection to that extent might turn Jose Mourinho’s head to Chelsea's advances.
And with Chelsea yet to make a big name signing this summer, the club could well believe that taking Kaka on will finally push them over the line to Champions League glory for the first time.