Crazy talk about Kaká as Dani Alves unloads

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“New York, London, Paris, Munich, everyone talks about...errrm...Kaká!”

Spanish transfer tittle-tattle has gone all retro, “Pop Musik” in relation to Real Madrid’s bench-warming salary-sucker, who is on a merry-go-round of stories linking the forward with Corinthians, New York Red Bulls and AC Milan.

Thursday’s Marca reports that Kaká’s agent held talks on Wednesday with Milan’s über-lord Adriano Galliani, with the aim of sealing a €13m return to Serie A for a player who would be considered a spring chicken by San Siro standards. The previous day’s edition of the same paper had the Red Bulls eyeing up Kaká, who could spend a pleasant year or so walking the streets of Manhattan with Pep Guardiola, perhaps.

This has made a wonderful change from seeing Luka Modric’s face on the front pages, with the Spanish press a tad confused as to what’s happening with the unsettled Spurs man.

Over in the Catalan capital, the news has flitted between David Villa and Carles Puyol getting back to fitness, and Leo Messi missing out on a friendly against Hamburg on Tuesday due to injury (an absence that cost €360,000 in appearance money for Barcelona). Then there's the very sad cruciate ligament injury to defender Marc Muniesa, which sees the 20-year-old sidelined for six months, and Dani Alves saying that all was well after apparently feeling let down over the summer when his club didn't back him in the face of reports they had lost confidence in the cheeky chappy.

“Everything has been fixed,” said the fullback on Wednesday. “What I wanted to do was express my unhappiness to the boss, so that’s why I did it. But now we’ve spoken and it’s all sorted.”

Joan Vehils writes in ‘Sport’ that this kind of rebellious business need to crushed into itty-bitty pieces under the boots of the club's top brass. “Tito and his strong men need to be benevolent (to the fans) and show that the dressing room does not exist outside the margins of the directions of the club’s communication department.”

Mundo Deportivo are unhappy at the reaction of Spain’s TV channels to Real Madrid’s 5-1 friendly victory over Oviedo, and Tito Vilanova’s debut at Hamburg - a tougher opponent, to be sure - which produced a 2-1 victory for Barcelona. “In general, an abundance of optimism and winning power for Real Madrid and injuries, bad luck and controversy for Barça. And these were just friendlies. It’s beginning well,” notes a downbeat Mònica Planas.

It’s been far too long since LLL has been able to laugh at Atlético Madrid’s expense, due to that pesky Europa League-winning business, but the blog got the opportunity on Wednesday, when the Rojiblancos suffered a 1-0 defeat at newly-promoted Celta Vigo. The blog wasn’t going to watch the game in a million years, but Gareth Nunn from the excellent Madridatleticos website saw enough and confirmed that “you can understand how the game went when you see that Raul García was one of the better players on the pitch.”