FIFA agent and Real Madrid consultant Ernesto Bronzetti has told Marca the underlying reasons for the purchase of Jose Mourinho's old friend and player Ricardo Carvalho from Chelsea.
Bronzetti explained the withdrawal from any deal with Inter concerning Maicon forced Mourinho to make a decision, and he decided he wanted Carvalho. The agent previously commented on Inter's tactics of continually setting the asking price too high for the Brazilian right-back, solely because they wanted to keep him.
"The option of Maicon was closed, this is why Real Madrid went for Carvalho. Mourinho wanted him despite the fact he is 32 years old," said Bronzetti.
Madrid paid €8m for the Portugese centre-back, who has been a lynchpin in the heart of the Chelsea defence for some years now. Maicon himself is only three years younger and would have cost los Blancos at least €20m more than Carvalho. Both are world class players and in some ways, this could be business well done by Jose Mourinho. The signing of a centre-back is likely to mean a role at right-back in the longer term for Spanish defender Sergio Ramos.