MLS: Kaká close to signing with Orlando City

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There are reports that Brazilian legend Kaká will leave AC Milan to join expansion club Orlando City as the club’s first Designated Player.

A club statement released on Friday said, “Orlando City Soccer Club is in advanced discussions with Kaká…. Pending completion of the potential player agreement, Kaká would join Orlando City SC in January 2015 prior to the Club’s first season in Major League Soccer.”

ESPN’s Taylor Twellman was the first to break the news of the transfer on Thursday, via his official twitter page.

The former New England Revolution forward tweeted, “Breaking News: @OrlandoCitySC have signed their 1st DP @KAKA. He will be loaned out to Sao Paolo until 2015. @MLS making moves. #WorldCup.”

When he joins Orlando, he’ll be the second World Cup champion to join an expansion club this summer. Spain’s David Villa signed a contract with New York City FC a few weeks ago.

[David Villa joins NYCFC]

The former Ballon d’Or winner has long been linked with the club owned by his friend, Flávio Augusto da Silva.

“I believe that every team would like to have Kaká in their team, of course, Orlando City as well,” da Silva said last November at the formal unveiling as the league’s 21st expansion team. “Kaká is a great friend of mine. We already work together with my company in Brazil. But why not? The only thing I can say right now is that we’re going to bring someone very, very special.”

The club’s president, Phil Rawlins, has also confirmed that they are interested in bringing the UEFA Champions League winner to the rapidly growing MLS. Rawlins said, “He’s [Kaká] 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.”

ESPNFC.com reports that Sao Paulo president Carlos Miguel Aidar is certain that the attacking midfielder will be loaned to the club where he started his career before the 2015 MLS season kicks off.

Mlssoccer.com reports that the “31-year-old would join either Brazilian side São Paulo, his first professional club, or stay with AC Milan on loan until January 2015, when MLS training camps open.”

The AC Milan legend is one of the most decorated players in modern football. With Milan and Real Madrid, he’s won the Serie A, La Liga, Copa del Rey, FIFA Club World Cup and many more.

The 32-year-old has won over 20 individual accolades, including, two Serie A Footballer of the Year awards.

He was a member for the Brazilian side that won the 2002 World Cup and the 2005 and 2009 Confederations Cup.

After moving back to AC Milan, Kaká has exceeded expectations. He started 27 league games, scored seven goals and added four assists. According to whoscored, he won three man of the match awards.

Even though he is a midfielder, Kaká is a prolific scorer. During the 2006/2007 season, he was Milan’s top scorer during the successful UEFA Champions League campaign. He scored 10 goals in just 13 appearances.

Kaká has played more than 500 games and has found the back of the net more than 150 times.

It’s also been reported that Kaká’s Milan teammate Robinho might be making the move to MLS. The tricky forward hasn’t been effective in the Serie A and Orlando is looking to secure his signature. The Brazilian is known for his pace and bemusing footwork.

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