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Reaction to Kaka bid

Kaka
Kaka's potential move to Manchester City has divided football
Manchester City's audacious bid to sign Brazilian playmaker Kaka from Italian giants AC Milan has stunned the football world.

With a world-record-shattering transfer fee of 100m and wages of 500,000-a-week mooted, the proposed deal could change the face of the sport.

With Milan granting City permission to open talks with the 2007 Ballon d'Or winner, the ball now appears to be in Kaka's court.

But what do the great and the good of football make of this sensational deal? BBC Sport finds out.

MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER SIR ALEX FERGUSON
Sir Alex Ferguson

"I find it hard to get my head around it to be honest.

"It's amazing but football is football and sometimes you get shocks and surprises and I think it's surprised everyone.

"I don't think it will affect us. I just can't get my head around the figure, it's got nothing to do with who is buying and who is selling."

ARSENAL MANAGER ARSENE WENGER

"I don't feel in connection with (the Manchester City bid) at all because we live in a football club which lives in the real world.

Man City not living in real world - Wenger

"The implications (of the transfer fee) would be a disturbance on the market.

"(It would create an) inflationary trend in a deflationary world.

"We are in a world where we live from three kinds of income - gate receipts, the sponsors and the television money. That is the real world of football."

AC MILAN MANAGER CARLO ANCELOTTI

"My hope is to be able to coach Kaka for many more years, but we've got to be aware of the facts and the club's evaluation of the offer presented.

"I think there are dealings under way and therefore it's something the club is going to have to do together with the player.

"Our goals? They remain the same for this team with or without Kaka.

"We want to get back in the Champions League and win the Uefa Cup. The squad is still competitive even if we were to lose such an important player.

FORMER ENGLAND STRIKER ALAN SHEARER

"We're talking about a special player, probably the best in the world, but you can't tell me anyone is worth that.

"This money is in another league from anything we have ever seen before - it's an incredible amount.

606: DEBATE

"Medals are more important to a player than money, without doubt.

"You can't tell me Robinho has gone to Manchester City for medals because it looks like at this moment in time he has done it for financial reasons because Manchester City are a million miles away from challenging for honours."

FORMER MAN CITY CHAIRMAN DAVID BERNSTEIN

"As a supporter of football in general one's got to have a lot of concerns. City have got, I think, the best academy in the country but there's a danger now the academy will be squeezed because if Kaka comes to the club, he's not coming on his own.

"The Aston Villa way [of nurturing players] is the preferred way, but this is the real world we live in. It's almost like a blitzkrieg attack on the game.

"[But] I and most supporters will look forward to this enormously. It's a momentous move and it gives us the possibility of becoming a top European club over a period of time.

"It wasn't that long ago that Main Road was nicknamed the 'Theatre of Comedy' and hopefully those days are behind us for good."

WIGAN CHAIRMAN DAVE WHELAN

"If some Arabian fellas or oil-rich sheikhs come in and pay 90m for a player, that is totally barmy.

"If Manchester City come in and offer that I think the game will suffer in the end."

CHELSEA MANAGER PHIL SCOLARI

"This is football and he is a professional player. Maybe they have offered to him not only money but an idea for them to become a big club.

"That is more important as I know Kaka very well and I know that money is not a problem for him."

AC MILAN TEAM-MATE CLARENCE SEEDORF

Clarence Seedorf
"These are Hollywood figures, it is clear that City is sending a message to the world; they want to become one of the big clubs in the world.

"It would surprise me if he leaves this month, but on the other hand, I don't know what the personal motivations would be.

"The money is not what he needs, he has a big contract already. It is astronomical for AC Milan, but it's not going to be a life-changer for him.

"If he decides to change, it will be for a long-term project that he can be a major part of."

BOLTON MANAGER GARY MEGSON

Gary Megson
"Good luck to them if they can get those kind of players, but it is not as easy as you would think.

"Mark's (Hughes) task is possibly more difficult because the spotlight is intense.

"Things have changed and they are after some of the best players in the world, but those players are already at huge football clubs playing Champions League football.

"They are already earning vast sums themselves so it is not a case of clicking your fingers and they will come running, it is going to take a bit of time I am sure."

FORMER MAN CITY STAR RODNEY MARSH

"It's outrageous. It's a big, big deal for football.

"The big question is, will it improve Manchester City football club and help them become a top team in the Premier League?

"I seriously doubt that."

HULL MANAGER PHIL BROWN

"It is not out of hand at Hull, we have a budget and we stick to that and that will continue.

Phil Brown

"We still operate in the black. One day we will probably be in the red, maybe in three or four years time, but you would hope that we are still in the Premier League by that time.

"The people paying it are not in an economic depression like everyone else is, but Manchester City are one of the richest clubs in the world and they can afford to pay 100m.

"If I have 100m in the bank no-one is going to stop me spending it, how I choose to spend it. End of story."

MIDDLESBROUGH CHIEF EXECUTIVE KEITH LAMB

"As long as the rules permit it we've got to allow it.

"My personal view of foreign ownership of English football clubs is I don't think it is good for the game but it has got to run its course.

"I don't know how long it will last and what will happen to those clubs who have foreign owners.

"What happens when those owners move on at a whim or try and buy another trinket?"

READING MANAGER STEVE COPPELL

"City's owner has a target, how he gets there is down to him.

"Hopefully there'll soon be six teams capable of winning the title, that can only be good. If City join that then brilliant."

SUNDERLAND MANAGER RICKY SBRAGIA

Ricky Sbragia
"At the end of the day, that's what they do. They do it that way.

"I would love to be able to afford a player like that, but it's well beyond us.

"If that's what they think he is worth, he is worth that. That's up to Mark Hughes."

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Chelsea warned off Milan's Kaka
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Kaka wins world players' accolade
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