Russian Interference

Valdimir Putin tries to persuade AC Milan to sell Kaka to Abramovich’s Chelsea

Russian PM helps out his oligarch mate at the Bridge

Marca front cover

The one who belongs to the lead character from The Passion of the Christ is on the cusp of signing his fate away to Florentino Perez’s Real Madrid.

Sky Sport Italia believe the deal will be formally struck at midnight tonight, at which point Kaka will give a press conference in Brazil. Madrid-based newspaper Marca say Madrid have sent Dr Juan Carlos Hernandez to South America, where he will carry out a medical today. At first, The Spoiler questioned whether Marca had made up a name as stereotypically Spanish as Juan Carlos Hernandez, but he is indeed Los Blancos’ head of medical services.

The most intriguing Kaka-related story in Marca, however, is the one in the purple banner in the picture above. Apparently, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has phoned Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi to persuade him to sell Kaka to Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea.

Quite why Putin would feel the need to involve himself in such affairs is anyone’s guess, but in light of the imminent deal with Real Madrid, it would seem the man from behind the Iron Curtain doesn’t hold as much influence as he may like in the higher echelons of Italian government.


1 response so far
  • Evgeny Borsuk USA // June 8, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    It really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that Putin would involve himself in Chelsea’s affairs. Abramovich is Putin’s bagman, always has been, so if Putin wants to play with his western asset, than whose going to stop him?

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