Since coach Jose Mourinho left the Nerazzurri for the Spanish club after winning the treble at the end of the season, the former Monaco full-back has constantly been linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu.
The Italians originally wanted €35 million for the 28-year-old, who was instrumental in their success last season, but are now reportedly willing to settle for a bid of €28m. Inter coach Rafael Beneitez's personal assistant, Amadeo Carboni, had already stated that he expects the club to release the player if a sizeable bid arrives.
Inter already have captain Javier Zanetti who could slot back into the right-back position, as well as young Italian full-back Davide Santon.
Maicon is currently at the 2010 World Cup with Brazil, who have won their first two matches against North Korea and Ivory Coast.
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