Money not the issue says Kaka spokesman

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Kaka's spokesman has warned Manchester City it will take more than just money to tempt the Brazilian to quit AC Milan.

As the football world holds its breath for the next move in an amazing saga that could net the Brazilian an eye-watering £500,000 weekly salary, Diogo Kotscho has warned City Kaka would not just 'do a Robinho' by signing for the cash with no guarantees about the future.

"Kaka wouldn't do anything based on money," Kotscho told Corriere dello Sport.

"He would never do something like Robinho, who, just to earn more, contented himself with a solution that was not a winning one."

City are now waiting to see what effect their whistle-stop trip to Milan has had.

AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi would only state last night that he was 'hopeful' Kaka would remain at the San Siro, which hardly smacks of confidence.

It is thought Milan would receive a world record £100m as a transfer fee for Kaka, money which could be reinvested in a squad that has slipped dramatically since winning the Champions League in 2007.

While it has to be wondered how City can find themselves offering such vast sums for Kaka while failing to agree terms with West Ham, Blackburn and Newcastle for Scott Parker, Roque Santa Cruz and Shay Given, the prospect of another famous Brazilian arriving at Eastlands will raise the Blues support to fever pitch.

It has been suggested Kaka's name and the prospect of playing with him has been used as a bargaining tool in other City transfer discussions although, as yet, the club are remaining completely tight-lipped.

Indeed, manager Mark Hughes claims not to be a fan of the January transfer window at all.

"I don't particularly like the transfer window because you have to wait to address things that could be sorted out a lot more quickly under the old system," he told the Manchester Evening News.

"I am sure there were reasons behind bringing in the transfer window in the first place but I cannot fathom what they were.

"There have been weaknesses in our squad for quite some time and I have not had the opportunity to address those. If I had been able to do so I would have done it very quickly.

"Now we get to January and the prices are inflated, expectations are heightened and the media goes crazy. I don't think it is a healthy situation."

One deal that does appear to be edging closer is Hughes' bid for Craig Bellamy.

Having worked with the Welshman twice before, the City boss feels he knows how to get the best out of Bellamy and Gianfranco Zola's pursuit of currently injured Blues forward Valeri Bojinov suggests the West Ham manager is resigned to losing the player.

Kotscho later told Sky Sports News he could not rule out Kaka moving to City in the current transfer window.

"It's not impossible," he said. "But I think it will be very, very difficult to have a deal with Milan."

The stumbling block for any club could be Milan's reluctance to let the Brazilian leave, although Kotscho confirmed Kaka wants to play in the Premier League at some stage.

And he would consider other clubs if City's offer does not suit either Milan or himself.

"Yes he will," said Kotscho, "but as I said we have to have a deal between the two clubs and negotiations with AC Milan for Kaka ... is a very difficult challenge."