Chelsea close in on £6m Maicon signing

Chelsea are in pole position to sign Inter Milan defender Maicon after Real Madrid baulked at the £6 million asking price the Daily Mail reports.

The Spanish champions have shelved their interest in the Brazilian international as they believe the asking price plus his wage demands are unreasonable for a player who turns 31 later this month.

Roberto Di Matteo is now prepared to step in and bring him to Stamford Bridge and end his hunt for a new right back to fill the void left by Jose Boswinga following his departure on a free transfer in June.

Maicon has a year left on his contract at the San Siro and the Blues see his knock down value as a bargain considering the player is still in his prime and has made over 360 career appearances, won 66 caps for his country and lifted countless trophies during his time in Italy.

Chelsea are also said to be keen on Lille’s Mathieu Debuchy although interest has cooled after Newcastle United had a £4m bid turned down in June.

Meanwhile, Victor Moses agent has stated he will do his best to secure the Nigerian international a move to the West London as they step up their bid to sign the 21-year-old, who’s also been chased by Liverpool.

A £4m was rejected by Latic’s chairman Dave Whelan a fortnight ago and it’s thought he is looking for up to £12m for the winger with Di Matteo prepared to offer Josh McEachran on a season long loan to smooth out a deal

And Moses’ representative Tony Finnigan has said he will ensure his client ends up a Chelsea player provided they can agree upon a fee with Whelan.

“Provding Wigan can agree a fee with Chelsea, I will do all I can to make the move happen for Victor,” he said.