There has been a lot of talk lately about who Orlando City SC might bring in as their first designated player ahead of the 2015 Major League Soccer campaign. A few names have been on that list — Brek Shea, Robinho, Joe Cole — but none have been more heavily tracked than Brazilian soccer star Kaka.
Orlando City President Phil Rawlins has said a handful of times in the past that the club would love to bring in a player such asKaka, and had also been in talks with the play-maker about joining the Lions for 2015. Some reports even had a verbal agreement in place between Kaka and Orlando City.
However, GianlucaDimarzio.com is reporting that Kaka has yet to decide on his future — he can opt out of his contract and leave AC Milan this summer — but knows that it will not involve MLS or Orlando City.
The website writes, “At the moment, he didn’t ask Galliani (AC Milan President) to rescind his contract. He’s no longer attracted by the MLS and Orlando, Milan is the only team that inspires him. However, there are moments and situations outside of football that need to be respected, and Milan knows it. The club will evaluate with Kakà what the best solution for the player and his family would be.”
Assuming this is true, it would be kind of disappointing to see that after all of his reported interest in the club and moving to Central Florida, he no longer see that as a option in the tail-end of his career.
Just recently, Rawlins told MLS Transfers about his hopes to bring in Brazilian player before next season.
“We continue to talk with them (Brazilian players) about the possibilities. We’ve said our business plan is to bring very, very top level, best of the best Brazilian player here and that’s all we’re committed to doing. We’ve had talks with several players among them, Kaka and Robinho, and we’d be delighted to bring someone of that caliber. That’s our goal. We hope to get someone in that arena in the next few months.”
With New York City FC having recently announced the signing of Spanish striker David Villa, this would have been — or at least still could be, we don’t really know yet — a big signing for the Lions heading into their opening MLS campaign next spring.