Meeting between Galliani and Perez to begin withing few hours, whilst Italian giants take over Spanish champions in a friendly…
A sell-out crowd is expected on Wednesday night when two of the most decorated clubs in European soccer go head-to-head at Yankee Stadium. The world-renowned baseball stadium will host its second soccer match of the 2012 Herbalife World Football Challenge as Spanish champions Real Madrid meet Serie A runners-up Milan at 02:00 CET (Links to be posted shortly before the start).
However, all eyes will be on Brazilian midfield maestro Kaka as his future is set to decided later today as Milan’s vice-president Adriano Galliani will begin official negotiations with Real Madrid.
The former Milan star has been linked with a return to the San Siro this summer and Jose Mourinho has already suggested he would not stop him leaving Los Blancos. Despite Mourinho back tracking slightly on the matter, Kaka still remains the man tipped to make his move with the Rossoneri publically confirming their interest in the 30-year old.
Last week CEO Galliani flew to America, where Real Madrid are on pre-season training. Here, Galliani will hold a meeting with their President Florentino Perez to try and hammer out a deal for the Brazilian star, who actually owns a luxury pad in Manhattan. Speculation around the talks is gathering as it is believed Galliani is interested in an initial loan deal, however Perez is not willing to let the player go for a low fee.
Real Madrid are not holding Kaka back in light of a potential transfer. He started Real Madrid’s first WFC match against the LA Galaxy and then came on as a substitute in Las Vegas on Sunday against Santos Laguna. Although it’s unlikely that Kaka will start for Real Madrid, Milan’s official site has given an advance on the lineup that manager Massimiliano Allegri is expected to use on Wednesday night (4-3-3): Abbiati; Abate, Bonera, Acerbi, Antonini; Nocerino, Ambrosini, Flamini; Cassano, Boateng, Robinho.
The last time Milan and Real Madrid faced off in official competition came in 2010 during the group stage of the Champions League.