Report: Kaka has verbal agreement with Orlando City, but Brazilian cools off rumors
Kaká may already be on his way to Major League Soccer with Orlando City. Or he might not.
A day after the Brazilian superstar told a newspaper in Italy that his future may be in America after this summer, more details have emerged. According to Spanish daily AS, Kaká already has a verbal agreement with Orlando City to join the MLS expansion club for its debut 2015 season.
Additionally, reports AS, the 31-year-old midfielder supposedly has a clause in his contract with AC Milan that allows him to leave on a free transfer if the Italian superclub does not qualify for the 2014-15 edition of the UEFA Champions League.
And that looks like a certainty. Milan are currently languishing in 12th place in Serie A on 39 points with only eight remaining league matches. That's a full 25 points behind third-place Napoli, who currently occupy the league's third Champions League berth.
AC Milan CEO Adrian Galliani told Italian daily Gazzetta dello Sport that Kaká indeed will leave the club if the Rossoneri do not qualify for Europe's top club competition.
Orlando City haven't done much to quash the rumors that have connected Kaká to the club since last November. OCSC president Phil Rawlins even tweeted a reponse to Saturday's report, while majority owner Flávio da Silva wrote on his Facebook page, in Portuguese, "Soon, bombshell news in Orlando City."
— philip rawlins (@OCPres) March 29, 2014
But Kaká himself tried to cool those reports following Milan's 3-0 win over Chievo Verona in which he scored two goals. The former FIFA World Player of the Year told Brazilian daily O Globo that Brazil's performance at this summer's World Cup would have more to do with where he plays next season.
“We’ve had discussions with Kaká," Rawlins told MLSsoccer.com last November. “He’s very well known to the organization. We’ll have to see what the next two years bring for him with the World Cup and AC Milan, but if he wants to come here, he’d be very very welcome. I know he loves Central Florida, his family loves it. We’ll see.”