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Kaka emerges as Chelsea target

Chelsea could make a move for Real Madrid midfielder Kaka before the start of new season, with reports suggesting that Andre Villas-Boas is desperate to add more creativity to his squad.

The Chelsea boss will be hoping to challenge for all major honours in his first campaign as manager and with news of Michael Essien’s injury, he is keen to bolster his midfield.

This is where Kaka comes in. The Brazilian has been declared as surplus to requirements at Real Madrid, with manager Jose Mourinho happy to listen to offers.

Having failed in signing Javier Pastore from Palermo, Villa-Boas will now pursue Kaka’s availability and hope to land the 29-year-old for around £25m.

This is less than half the price that Real Madrid paid for him in 2009, so Chelsea will consider themselves to have got good value for money if the move goes through.

The former AC Milan playmaker may well have had an underwhelming couple of years in Spain, but he is still one of the best players in the world and would be backed to succeed in the Premier League.

One of the main issues Chelsea have in chasing Kaka will be convincing him to move to England. He turned down Manchester City to move to Spain in 2009 and has always been hesitant about testing himself in the Premier League.

However, if he does need to move on from Real Madrid, Chelsea could end up being his only option. They are perhaps the only team willing to meet his wage demands.

So, if he wants to continue to play at the highest level, he may well have to make the move to London. Then, he can try and recapture his best form in fresh surroundings.

Elsewhere at Stamford Bridge, it is being rumoured that the Blues are set to up their bid for Luka Modric to £30m.

Busy times for Chelsea!

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