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Perez promises to lure Kaka

REAL Madrid will reportedly sign AC Milan playmaker Kaka if presidential candidate Florentino Perez regains control of the Spanish club.

Perez has agreed to a fee of 63 million euros (US$85 million) for Kaka, who has agreed to sign a five-year contract with an annual salary of 8 million euros, sports newspaper Marca said yesterday.

All that remains to be agreed between Perez - who oversaw Real's "galactico" policy when he was formerly club president - and Milan involves the commission that would be paid to Kaka's father and agent, Bosco Leite, the paper added.

Kaka, the 2007 World Player of the Year, said last month he intended to stay with Milan and had not been in contact with Real. Earlier this season, Manchester City failed in an attempt to sign the Brazil midfielder after bidding around 110 million euros (then US$147 million).

Kaka is said to be just one of many transfer targets for Perez, who announced on Thursday that he would stand in next month's poll of club members in a bid to return to the presidency he quit in 2006.

It is standard in Spanish club elections for candidates to organize new signings to encourage members to vote for them.

Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery and Valencia's David Villa are others who Perez reportedly hopes to sign for next season as he attempts to reactivate the "galactico" policy, which attracted the likes of Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham and Ronaldo to Real during his first tenure.

Marca said Perez's interest in signing Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo has waned due to his high value on the transfer market and supposed temperamental character.

Perez, the head of Spanish construction giant ACS, aims to revamp a Real team which has been eclipsed by rival Barcelona this season.

The Catalan club, which won the Copa del Rey last Wednesday, would win the Spanish league title if Real fails to win at Villarreal. Barcelona has also reached the Champions League final, where it faces United on May 27.


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