Real Madrid have edged ahead of Chelsea in the race to sign Douglas Maicon from Inter, reports are suggesting.
The Brazilian has less than a year left on his contract and he will be sold rather than being offered a new deal.
The former Monaco man, who will be 31 later this month, is one of the outfit’s high earners who they are trying to get rid of.
According to Sport Mediaset, Real boss Jose Mourinho has convinced his directors to net the veteran Brazilian right-back.
Real are ready to offer the Beneamata around €8m in terms of a transfer fee, while tabling a three-year deal worth €4.5m a term to the player.
Inter have already shown Lucio and Diego Forlan the door, while they have made it clear that they no longer require Julio Cesar and Dejan Stankovic.