Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho is ready to listen to offers for Brazilian ace Kaka as he looks to rebuild his squad around new signing Sami Khedira and potential newcomer Mesut Ozil.
According to the Sunday Times, the former Chelsea tactician is preparing to build his new-look Madrid side around the two German World Cup midfielders, and after landing Khedira from Stuttgart, Ozil is next on his summer shopping list.
These latest links come after Mourinho ended his pursuit of Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and Inter Milan full-back Maicon.
Despite agreeing a £25 million transfer fee with his former club, it is reported that the deal collapsed due to the Brazilian's wage demands, news which will no doubt alert Manchester City.
Kaka joined Madrid last summer in what, at the time, was a record £56m deal, but the former Milan star struggled in his first La Liga season due to lack of form and fitness.
A series of niggling injuries ensured it was a frustrating debut campaign at the Bernabeu and it is speculated Mourinho is ready to sacrifice the 28-year-old to generate funds for his squad rebuild.
Following their long-standing interests in the player, both Chelsea and Manchester City will be alerted by the news, as both Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Mancini have made no secret of their desire to bring the Brazilian to England.
The Stamford Bridge boss, Ancelotti, has promised to recruit two marquee signings this summer as he looks to build on his debut Double winning season, and it's thought he's keen on being reunited with the former Rossoneri star.
However, it remains uncertain as to whether Blues' owner Roman Abramovich will release the funds needed, in which case Manchester City can swoop for their man.
Mourinho's recruitment of Ozil comes amid increased interest from some of the Premier League's top sides, while Khedira completed his medical in Madrid on Saturday and is due to arrive at Madrid's Los Angeles training camp later this week.
Given the task of ending Barcelona's supremacy in Spain, Mourinho has seen his spending abilities cut after the club's massive spending spree last summer, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka foremost among them.
Mourinho is also continuing in his search for a defender. However, after being priced out of a move for Benfica's David Luiz and being told by AC Milan that Thiago Silva is not for sale, he may turn to former centre-back Ricardo Carvalho.