Brazilian club Sao Paulo have confirmed “we are all agreed” for Kaka to leave AC Milan to join the new MLS franchise Orlando City, but he will link up with his former club Sao Paulo on loan until January 2015 before turning out for Orlando in March 2015.
It is a similar agreement to the one which David Villa made with New York City FC as the Spaniard has joined A-League side Melbourne Heart on loan until the next regular MLS season begins, when New York City and Orlando City both enter Major League Soccer.
Kaka had the choice to terminate his contract with the Rossoneri a year early as the club failed to qualify for European football in the UEFA Champions League or Europa league after the club finished eighth place in Serie A.
With the deadline of terminating his contract rapidly approaching, the 32-year-old seems to have activated his release clause. A successful career has seen him have two stints at AC Milan and a spell in Spain with Real Madrid as a Gallactico signing in Florentino Perez’ second spell as president in 2009. Kaka was signed for €65 million, contributing to his glittering European adventure beginning in 2003.
The former World Cup and Ballon d’Or winner will become the franchise’s first designated player, with two more slots still available for the new Florida-based side, and Robinho is still being tracked by The Lions.
Orlando City President Phil Rawlins told the Orlando Sentinel on June 20:
“Everyone knows our first choice would be Kaká. … We’re reaching a critical time in the next few days. We are in detailed discussions with him. We hope that those would conclude successfully in the next few days, and if they do, then he’ll be our first designated player. … We’re just very, very excited about that prospect”.
It now appears that the deal has been all agreed, and Kaka just needs to sign on the dotted line. The Brazilian midfielder is expected to be unveiled in front of fans in Orlando on Tuesday afternoon, before the USA’s crucial World Cup match against Belgium.