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Chelsea & Arsenal handed £22m Brazilian superstar lifeline

Could Kaka be heading to London? (©GettyImages)
Could Kaka be heading to London? (©GettyImages).

Chelsea and Arsenal target Kaka could be heading for a January exit from Real Madrid.

The Brazilian superstar has been heavily linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu, with manager Jose Mourinho expected to listen to offers for the midfielder.

Clubs from across Europe have been linked with a move, with Ligue 1 outfit PSG amongst the teams thought to be interested in the former AC Milan star.

However, teams from England are also in the mix, with Chelsea thought to be leading the chase. There original interest stems from Carlo Ancelotti's time at Stamford Bridge.

Andre Villas-Boas was also linked with a move in the summer, with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich reportedly willing to bankroll a mega-money move for the player.

Reports in The Daily Mail now claim a £22 million offer would be enough to bring the 29-year-old to west London, with a source explaining the Chelsea target has now fallen down the pecking order in the capital.

"Kaka has always interested other clubs and Mourinho has decided that he has far better options in midfield so the best thing to do is to move him on," said the source in the English national paper.

"There has been no concrete offer but it is now known that the club would accept an offer in the region of £22m."

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is also believed to be an admirer of the player, who began his career in Sao Paulo before moving to Europe in 2003.

The Gunners spent big on deadline day in August following the departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri in the summer, bringing Mikel Arteta to the Emirates Stadium permanently and Yossi Benayoun to Arsenal on loan.

However, the Frenchman has admitted he's willing to spend in north London in the opening month of 2012, most notably in an effort to bring a full-back and forward to the club.

Kaka's availability could persuade the Arsenal boss to consider an attacking midfielder though, although the fee would make him the club's record signing.

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