Manchester United and Arsenal have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Brazilian superstar Kaka.
The 31-year-old playmaker has been made available for transfer by Real Madrid, according to reports, and former club AC Milan have been credited with an interest.
However, their vice president Adriano Galliani has ruled out the possibility of the player returning to the San Siro, admitting it would be really difficult to strike a deal.
"Kaka back? It's really, really difficult,” he said, according to Sky Sports.
"I'd say there is more chance of us signing Honda than Kaka. The arrival of one will exclude the other one."
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is a long-term admirer of the player, according to the Daily Express, and is eager to add a creative midfielder to the ranks at the Emirates Stadium.
It’s been a summer of disappointment in the transfer window for the Gunners this far, with Yaya Sanogo the only arrival in north London on a free transfer.
Kaka would certainly represent a transfer coup if Arsenal were to lure the player to the club, but they face competition from their Premier League rivals.
Manchester United have been linked with the player in the past, and despite the change in manager from Sir Alex Ferguson to David Moyes, the Express claims the champions remain interested.
The Red Devils have also struggled in the transfer window, failing to lure Cesc Fabregas or Thiago Alcantara to Old Trafford as the Scot looks to bolster his squad.
Again, the Brazilian would add plenty to a Manchester United squad boasting a number of high quality youngsters, and his experience would be a huge bonus following Paul Scholes’ retirement in the summer.