Guardian , Friday, January 16, 2009 1:45 PM
Manchester City manager Mark Hughes
is so confident that his team will sign Brazilian playmaker Kaka
from AC Milan that he has already worked out a 4-1-4-1 formation incorporating
all the team's expected signings during this month's transfer window, report Daniel Taylor and Graham Chase.
Hughes and his staff "have devised an adventurous system that would see Kaka
partner Stephen Ireland
in the center of midfield with Robinho
on the left, Shaun Wright-Phillips
on the right and, if everything goes according to plan, Roque Santa
in attack." Santa Cruz has yet to be signed for an expected $27 million from Blackburn Rovers.
Hughes's assistant, Mark Bowen
, described the signing of Kaka for an
estimated $133 million as "very close." Milan's vice president Adriano Galliani
confirmed late Thursday the club was "evaluating" an offer for Kaka, and gave the midfielder permission to
speak to City and its Abu Dhabi United ownership group. His wages are expected to be in the range of $20 million a year.
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