There could be a new world record transfer deal in place by Monday as AC Milan and Kaka near a decision on his proposed Â£56 million move to Real Madrid.
With Chelsea moving to rule themselves out of the running for the Brazil international on Wednesday, Madrid are the only bidders left and Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi has said that the situation would be resolved after the weekend.
"I will meet Kaka on Monday and then I'll tell you," Berlusconi said on state television station Rai. "It is always the players who decide on their future, who have to decide how to pursue their career. I did all I could but in the end he took his decision."
Reports on Wednesday night suggested that Chelsea had tabled a huge bid worth Â£73.5 million, but the club denied making any offer.
A statement on the club's official website read: "We have never made an offer to AC Milan for Kaka and therefore not one at this extraordinary level.
"As a consequence we have not discussed a salary with the player either.
"Any reports to the contrary are totally untrue."
A devout Christian, Kaka gained Italian citizenship in 2007 and has repeatedly stated his desire to stay in Milan.
An exasperated Kaka told Gazetto dello Sport on Tuesday: "I'll say it for the last time. The last time. I don't want to leave Milan. To the millions of Milan supporters, I say that I have made my choice. I have said I want to stay. Leave me in peace, please."
However, the Rossoneri's willingness to sell the Brazil star to Manchester City in the winter was reported to have unsettled him and opened the door to a possible future transfer.
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