Chelsea could miss out on Inter Milan full-back Maicon as Real Madrid appear to be on the verge of bringing him to Spain.
La Liga champions Real are said to have offered £6million for the Brazilian defender, as Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo prepares his next move.
The 30-year-old has less than a year left on his San Siro contract and is reported to have been offered a three-year deal worth £3.5million, according to Sport Mediaset.
While not one of the biggest names in world football and indeed the summer transfer window, Maicon would be a huge signing for the Blues, who do still need some additional help at right-back.
The European champions have let go of Jose Bosingwa and placed Paulo Ferreira on the transfer list, meaning that while their squad isn't getting thin, it could do with some additions and Maicon would be an excellent signing for that purpose.
At 30 years old, Maicon has the experience and strength required to be a solid defender in the English Premier League and has the proven success at Inter Milan to show that he is a worthy transfer target.
Chelsea have already seen several right-backs knock back their approaches this summer such as Lukasz Piszczek, Mathieu Debuchy and Rafael da Silva (as reported by the Daily Mail and Metro). Now, they must still beat out Real Madrid if they are to land Maicon over the transfer window.
Where will Maicon end up this summer? Chelsea or Real Madrid?
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