Tuesday July 3 2012
Chelsea beat Real to Maicon

Reports in Italy are suggesting that European champions Chelsea will sign Douglas Maicon from Inter this summer.

The Nerazzurri are looking to lower their wage bill after failing to qualify for the Champions League and Maicon, whose contract expires in 2013, is expected to go.

Real Madrid are very interested in the Brazilian right-back, but it is being claimed that the Premiership club will net him in an €8m deal.

Inter seem to be making plans for a future without Maicon after Parma revealed that the Nerazzurri won’t release Jonathan.

The 2011 summer signing moved to Parma on loan in January from the Nerazzurri, but he’s been recalled to San Siro.

“The player should not be under-estimated,” Parma director general Pietro Leonardi told Mediaset. “He did really well with us towards the end of last season.

“We asked Inter for him on loan again for 2012-13, but Inter refused. The Nerazzurri will be counting on him a lot.”

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