Chelsea set to loose Maicon to Real Madrid
Jose Mourinho looks to have got one over his former club Chelsea with reports from Italy claiming Real Madrid are close to sealing an €8million deal for Internazionale full-back Maicon.
Sport Mediaset claim the buccaneering Brazilian right-back, who turns 31 later this month, has agreed a three-year deal with the La Liga champions.
News of Maicon’s imminent move to the Santiago Bernabeu will come as a blow to Chelsea who were understood to have made the former Monaco man their No1 target to solve their problematic right-back position.
The Blues are in the market for a new defender releasing Jose Bosingwa at the end of last season while placing his Portuguese compatriot Paulo Ferreira on the transfer list.
Maicon, however, has turned his back on a possible move to west London in order to link-up once again with Mourinho, who led Inter to the treble in 2010 prior to his arrival in the Spanish capital.
Regarded as one of the finest players in his position in world football, Maicon will be the first of two new players Mourinho said he wanted to add to his squad this summer as he eyes European glory next term.
The other name on Mourinho’s wanted list is Luka Modric with the Croatian playmaker widely expected to tie up a €45million move to the Spanish capital later this week.
New Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas will not stand in Modric’s way from completing a “dream” move to Madrid, but is refusing to let Rafael van der Vaart leave White Hart Lane as well.
The Dutchman has been linked with a return to former club Hamburg, but Villas-Boas said: “I am counting on Van der Vaart. He’s in a different situation to Luka Modric.”