Milan, Italy:Manchester City has reportedly offered to pay a world record 100 million euros ($132 million) to AC Milan playmaker Kaka.
A report on the website of Mediaset, the television company controlled by AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi, said a City delegation traveled to Italy on Tuesday to meet with Milan officials and make the bid.
The report said the Premier League club has also offered to pay 15 million euros ($19 million) to Kaka per season.
Berlusconi said Tuesday he was "hopeful" that Kaka would remain with the Italian club.
AC Milan declined to comment on Wednesday. Man City has also not commented.
The Abu Dhabi United Group, led by Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, bought Man City last September in a deal believed to be worth about 200 million pounds (then US$370 million).
The takeover brought a British-record transfer deal of 32.5 million pounds (then euro40 million; US$58.5 million) for Brazil forward Robinho, and the new owners have suggested they want to challenge Manchester United and Chelsea as the most successful club in Britain.
City, which has already signed England left back Wayne Bridge this month, is considered the only Premier League club with lots of money to spend during the January transfer window.
City, coached by Mark Hughes, is currently 15th in the 20-team league.