Chelsea Transfer Rumors: Blues Don't Need Maicon

Kristen Rodgers@@KRodg_SaysCorrespondent IIJuly 16, 2012

MILAN, ITALY - MAY 06:  Maicon of Inter Milan celebrates scoring their fourth goal during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale Milano and AC Milan at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 6, 2012 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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According to Football Italia, Real Madrid has hijacked Chelsea’s deal to sign the Inter Milan full-back Douglas Maicon.

The Brazilian is set to leave Inter Milan this summer, saying he needs a new challenge to motivate him.

Considering Maicon has never played in La Liga or the Premier League, a move like the one he was supposed to make with Chelsea would definitely bring him a new challenge.  

Because Maicon has less than a year on his contract, he will have to be sold rather than offered a new deal, and Real is ready to outbid Chelsea by offering him around £8 million. Chelsea had agreed with Inter Milan that Maicon would be sold for £6 million, but now Real Madrid has changed the game.

While it would be nice for the Blues to grab Maicon, especially after releasing Jose Bosingwa, the truth is that this aging right-back (Maicon is approaching 31 years old) might not fit in too well with the young Chelsea squad. Therefore, the Blues really don’t need him.

Chelsea should really be looking for a younger player, even maybe another striker over a full-back. Instead of trying to bring in someone new, here is what Chelsea should do—talk more with Florent Malouda.

Malouda is still in the midst of potentially moving to Santos, but the current Chelsea player has been asking for too much money.

According to UK Yahoo! Sports, Malouda was holding out for £50,000 a week and a £400,000 signing-on fee.

If Chelsea starts talking with him again then the same high wages will be thrown around, but Malouda has experience with the Chelsea squad, and his technical skills and imaginative play make him the perfect fit for the Blues over Maicon.