Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is ready to bankroll a bid for Real Madrid star Kaka.

The News of the World says Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti is a huge admirer of the Brazilian, who last year turned down a move to Manchester City.

The pair had a very successful, six-year relationship and won the Champions League together in 2007.

And as he feels the heat in the pressure-cooker atmosphere that surrounds everything at Real, Kaka could be tempted to work with Ancelotti again in the relatively tranquil surroundings at Stamford Bridge.

While Cristiano Ronaldo has been a success, Kaka has only appeared sporadically - mainly due to a troublesome thigh injury.

There is a growing suspicion there might not be room for both galacticos in Madrid.