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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Chelsea after Kaka and Obi Mikel

Chelsea's £70 million offer for Kaká was turned down by AC Milan yesterday, but the Barclays Premiership champions had better news when John Obi Mikel, the Nigeria midfield player, received special dispensation to obtain a work permit, despite not fulfilling the needed criteria.

As we know, Milan, still reeling from being excluded from this season’s Champions League and being given a 15-point deduction for their part in the Italian match-fixing scandal, have stated that Kaká, or any of their other stars, are not for sale at any price.

The striker yesterday denied that he had said that he was flattered to be wanted by Real Madrid, who tabled a £35 million bid, and reiterated his desire to stay at Milan, where he signed a new deal until 2011 last month.

“Neither La Liga or the Premier League will be able to boast the likes of Nesta, Gattuso, Kaká or Pirlo,” Milan said in a statement last night. “They are our champions and are here to stay. Kaká once again politely but firmly declined the interest of another team. Playing for Milan is a matter of the heart, like being with family.”

Chelsea FC have also been rebuffed in their pursuit of Gianluca Zambrotta, who would replace the departing Asier Del Horno. The Juventus player wants to join Milan and should a deal not be agreed, he has expressed that he would prefer to move to Real.

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