Chelsea close in on Brazilian.
Chelsea are set to beat Real Madrid to the signature of £6 million Inter Milan full-back Maicon.
According to Spanish paper Marca, who traditionally have strong links with the La Liga giants, Jose Mourinho’s attempt to hijack his former club’s deal has failed.
Maicon has made it clear he is seeking a fresh challenge this summer after spending the last six seasons with Inter.
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo is desperate for a new right-back after releasing Jose Bosingwa and putting Paulo Fereira up for sale.
The Italian is now on the verge of a handing Maicon a three-year deal at Stamford Bridge.
Real reportedly matched Chelsea’s offer leaving Maicon – who has never played in the Premier League or La Liga – to decide between the clubs.
The Brazilian worked with Jose Mourinho for two years at Inter Milan but appears to have rejected the chance to be reunited with the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’, opting instead for European Champions Chelsea.
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