Inter want Kaka on loan in January, but they could wait for the summer to offer Maicon to Real Madrid as part of a deal...
Kaka, 28, is expected to return from injury on Monday night against Getafe, but his time in Madrid looks short.
Il Corriere dello Sport claims the Nerazzurri are still monitoring him with a view to making their interest known in the Spanish capital.
Despite Leonardo claiming Kaka "would not join Inter" last week, rumours suggest Inter want him on loan from January until the end of term with an option to sign him in the summer.
The Italians would have to pay €5 million for a loan, and then structure a full-bodied transfer in June.
Many, including super agent Ernesto Bronzetti, believe Real Madrid won't accept anything less than €50m for Kaka - considered an exaggerated fee seeing he has only just recovered from injury turmoil.
However, the Spanish side were desperate for Maicon in the summer, but missed out after the clubs failed to reach an agreement over a fee.
Knowing Mourinho's penchant for Maicon, Inter will offer him to encourage Madrid into reconsidering the former Milan man's future there.