Madrid may swap Ronaldo for Kaka

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Real Madrid may offer Ronaldo to AC Milan in exchange for Kaka, according to Spanish news reports.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:36 IST
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Real Madrid may offer Ronaldo to AC Milan in exchange for Kaka, according to Spanish news reports. Milan is reportedly keen to bolster its attack by signing Ronaldo to replace Andriy Shevchenko, who left for Chelsea in May. And Madrid could take advantage by using the Brazil striker as a bargaining tool for acquiring his compatriot Kaka, whose arrival was a pre-electoral pledge of the club's new president Ramon Calderon, sports daily Marca said. Ronaldo, who spent five years in Milan with rival Inter before joining Madrid in 2002, has two years left on his contract but is believed to be unsettled. Last season, he threatened to leave Madrid due to continuing criticism from supporters. The Brazilian's position appears to be further weakened by reports that Madrid's new coach Fabio Capello prefers recent signing Ruud van Nistelrooy to spearhead the attack for the new season rather than Ronaldo. Ronaldo has yet to play under Capello as he is sidelined with a knee injury. Milan has so far refused to countenance the transfer of Kaka - who is under contract to Milan until 2011 - but could change its mind if Ronaldo is offered, the paper added. Madrid's interest in the attacking midfielder drew an angry response last month from Milan vice president Adriano Galliani, who referred to Calderon, sports director Predrag Mijatovic and his assistant Franco Baldini as "bandits". Calderon sought to defuse the row by writing to Galliani, saying it was all a "big misunderstanding". Kaka, who played for Milan in a 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid in a preseason friendly on Saturday, appeared unconcerned by the speculation. "In this matter, those who decide are Milan and Real Madrid. I have played my part and I'm very happy with my team," Kaka was quoted as saying by Marca on Sunday. (AP)

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