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Kaka back in training with AC Milan

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<br/> The young German is destined for great things with Arsenal, already being hailed as the messiah in Arsenal's quest to return to the top after their well-publicised downfall. But the pressure being placed in his shoulders is huge, and he'll have the eyes of the Premier League firmly on him in the future over whether he succeeds with the Gunners, or joins an ever-lengthening list of expensive flops.

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<b>The best free transfers...</b><br/><br/>
<b>SOL CAMPBELL: Tottenham to Arsenal, 2001</b><br/><br/>
The template for 'Judas' transfers. A one-club man, and Tottenham's best player at the time, Campbell allowed his contract to run down so as to be able to leave Spurs and join who he liked. And that was Arsenal whose twin ability to offer hefty wages and medals was irresistible to Campbell and a bitter betrayal to all Tottenham fans still. To add salt to the wound, Campbell won the double in his first season with the Gunners.

Indyplus gallery: The best and worst free transfers of all time

A look at the deals which cost nothing that transpired into great things or a complete catastophe

<b>The best free transfers...</b><br/><br/>
<b>SOL CAMPBELL: Tottenham to Arsenal, 2001</b><br/><br/>
The template for 'Judas' transfers. A one-club man, and Tottenham's best player at the time, Campbell allowed his contract to run down so as to be able to leave Spurs and join who he liked. And that was Arsenal whose twin ability to offer hefty wages and medals was irresistible to Campbell and a bitter betrayal to all Tottenham fans still. To add salt to the wound, Campbell won the double in his first season with the Gunners.

With Samuel Eto'o joining Chelsea and Kaka returning to AC Milan, who are the best and worst free transfers of all time?

A look at the deals which cost nothing that transpired into great things or a complete catastophe

Kaka has stated that he wants to leave Real Madrid

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Kaka set for Milan return

The Brazilian midfielder Kaka is expected to complete a short-term loan move to his former club Milan today, with rumours that he is set to move to LA Galaxy in March.

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The midfielder has not played for his country for two years

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