Any return to AC Milan this month for Real Madrid midfielder Kaka will depend on Silvio Berlusconi.

Kaka has accepted a 40 per cent pay-cut and Real are willing to sell for a knockdown €12 million, but negotiations are at deadlock.

Milan president Berlusconi would prefer a free loan with the option to sign Kaka permanently in June.

But Real chiefs are baffled by Milan's reluctance to accept such a favourable deal.