Inter are ready to cash in on Maicon and use the €39 million profit his sale would generate to spend on Arsenal sensation Cesc Fabregas.
According to Tuttosport, the Nerazzurri right-back is wanted by Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini and the report claims City are ready to meet the €45 million asking price for the Brazilian - who arrived at the San Siro from Monaco four seasons for €6 m - meaning Inter would have a substantial cash injection that will go straight into funding a move for Fabregas.
It's no secret that Inter president Massimo Moratti is keen on bringing in a top quality midfielder. It is said Fabregas would allow the Nerazzurri the chance to make the huge step up in quality and deliver the Champions League - a trophy Moratti has been craving for for decades.
However, Arsenal want more than just a mega cash offer. The Gunners have been long-time admirers of Mario Balotelli.
A cash deal plus Balotelli is what they are looking for in order to allow the Spanish star freedom to join Inter. But, Moratti has always stressed that the Italian is not for sale under any circumstances.
Barcelona have also been on the trail of Fabregas, who on numerous occasions has pledged his loyalty to the Gunners.
Salvatore Landolina, Goal.com