Brazilian international Maicon could be on his way out of the San Siro this summer.
He has been one of Inter Milan's best players over recent seasons, playing a key role in the club's treble-winning season under José Mourinho. However, according to goal.com, club president Massimo Moratti is ready to sell the talented right-back for roughly €20 million.
Inter has already signed Maicon's successor and the club's long-term solution at right-back, Brazilian youngster Jonathan from Santos.
With Maicon's former manager entering his second season in charge of Real Madrid, there is a strong possibility of the two reuniting in Spain. Mourinho has previously shown interest in signing him, but the club were priced out of a move last year.
Now that Inter has lowered their asking price, Madrid could finally land the Brazilian.
Should Real Madrid sign Maicon this summer?
Reuniting Maicon with his former manager could give Madrid one of the most talented defensive units in Europe.
The attacking right-back has invaluable experience playing for Mourinho and a great understanding of his system.
Arguably the best player at his position, Maicon is a dynamic, world-class right-back.
The Brazilian would help Madrid stay more balanced in the attack. Last year, Mourinho's men favored the left side, with Marcelo carrying the ball out of the back and combining with Cristiano Ronaldo. Maicon's inclusion in the starting 11 would make Madrid more dangerous down the right.
The Inter star frequently gets forward in support of the attack. With his pace and skill, Maicon can link up with teammates and consistently get to the byline. He provides quality service from the flank and can find the back of the net as well.
Although Maicon can improve Madrid in the attack, he would help solidify the defense as well. The Brazilian international has better positional awareness and anticipation than Sergio Ramos, the current first-choice at right-back. Maicon's defensive qualities would make the Madrid less vulnerable down the flank.
Maicon may be one of the best fullbacks in the world, but Madrid already have an elite right-back in Sergio Ramos.
The Spaniard has become a star in the Spanish capital, and assumed the role of vice-captain. Although Ramos has recently signed a contract extension, acquiring Maicon could unsettle the World Cup winning right-back.
Ramos has been a loyal servant to the club and the Brazilian's arrival could force him out of the starting 11. The Spaniard is arguably a better central defender than right-back, but Pepe and Ricardo Carvalho have already formed a strong centre-back partnership.
By signing Maicon as the new first-choice right-back, Mourinho would have to consider multiple changes to find a place for Ramos in the starting XI.
In addition, if Madrid buys the Brazilian this summer, the club will have three top-quality right-backs in the squad. Álvaro Arbeloa may not be the most talented fullback in Europe but the Spaniard consistently delivers solid performances in big matches.
Maicon would be a great fit for Madrid.
He excelled in Mourinho's system at Inter Milan and would most likely enjoy similar success in the Spanish capital. Maicon would quickly adapt to Madrid's style of play.
The Brazilian could form a deadly partnership with Ángel di María down the right flank. Maicon's overlapping runs would create two vs. one situations in the final third. Di María would have the option of cutting inside, or finding the Brazilian in space.
The two can create havoc with their pace, skill and combination play.
With Maicon at right-back, Mourinho will have to consider significant changes to his starting XI. Ramos could move inside and partner with Carvalho in central defense.
Pepe would then move into midfield alongside Xabi Alonso. The Portuguese enforcer would play as a defensive midfielder, giving the Spaniard more attacking and creative freedom.
Although Madrid has been tracking Maicon for over a year they should not sign him this summer.
The Brazilian would be a great addition to the club, but Mourinho already has one world-class right-back in Sergio Ramos and a reliable fullback in Arbeloa.
With Maicon at right-back, the Madrid vice-captain could shift to centre-back with Pepe moving to midfield. However, the Portuguese enforcer is more dominant as a central defender.
In addition, Madrid has already invested in defensive midfielder Sami Khedira and former Benfica left-back Fábio Coentrão, who has the versatility to play in midfield. If Mourinho signs Maicon and moves Ramos into the middle, the aforementioned players would see limited playing time as the second-choice options to Pepe.
Maicon would force Mourinho to make significant changes, and possibly disrupt the chemistry that was built last season. Madrid would improve in terms of talent, but the squad could struggle with the ripple effects of the Brazilian's arrival.
Inter Milan's €20 million asking price is fair value for one of the elite right-backs in Europe. Maicon may be 30 years old, but he still has a few years of top-quality football left.
Maicon could become a star player at Madrid, but the €20 million would be better spent on young talent or an elite defensive midfielder.