Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson is not worrying about Man City but recognises the signing of Kaka would issue a 'statement of intent'.
But United boss admits Kaka signing would issue a 'statement'
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is not worrying about Manchester City but recognises the potential signing of Kaka would issue a 'statement of intent'.
City boss Mark Hughes is closing in on a world-record deal for AC Milan playmaker Kaka and it is expected that the transfer will take place next week.
Hughes paid Real Madrid £32.5million, a British record, for Robinho on the final day of the summer transfer window and Ferguson feels that Kaka's arrival would be an impressive follow up.
Ferguson thinks the Brazilian duo would be the perfect bait for future signings as City, who are also close to capturing Hamburg's Dutch midfielder Nigel de Jong, bid to become a major force in world football.
"It would be a statement of intent," said Ferguson of the Kaka approach.
"That is probably the thinking with Robinho first and Kaka next. It can encourage other players to join."
However, Ferguson insists he is not immediately concerned by the emergence of City and is instead focusing his attention on Premier League title rivals Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal.
"The fact is they are not where Liverpool or Chelsea are and we have to look at the teams around us," said Ferguson.
"You can only worry about the ones who are taking the trophy off you.
"For years, Arsenal and ourselves contested every league for years. All I was interested in was what the Arsenal result was, whether they had suffered any injuries or suspensions and when we played them.
"Arsenal will come back. They will make a fist of it this season. I have no doubt about that.
"Now we have Chelsea and Liverpool as well."