Stamford Bridge side set to snap up Brazilian full-back.
Di Matteo closes in on Maicon as Real Madrid baulk at £6m asking price
Chelsea have emerged as favourites to sign Brazil right-back Maicon from Inter Milan after Real Madrid shelved their interest.
Maicon is available for around £6million as his contract has one year to run but Real believe that fee plus high wages are too much for a player who turns 31 later this month.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Having already brought in Marko Marin and Eden Hazard this summer, Roman Abramovich is looking likely to land experienced right back Maicon. The 30 year old Brazilian has been a big success since his move to the San Siro from Monaco, notching up over 200 appearances in five seasons at Inter Milan during which time the attack minded full-back has won four domestic titles as well as a Champions League winners medal.
The Blues were seemingly on the look out for a new right-back having opted to not offer Jose Bosingwa a new deal, though Roberto Di Matteo does have the option of playing Branislav Ivanovic in the role the Serbian is perhaps better suited to a central role.
Maicon is well known for his defensive abilities but is also not averse to scoring a long ranger cracker or two and Abramovich will hope to see Maicon snapped up to become the club’s fourth Brazilian with the likes of David Luiz, Ramires and Lucas Piazon already on the West London club’s books.