Maicon's agent Antonio Caliendo has found an agreement with Real Madrid over wages, but the move faces another hurdle as Inter coach Rafael Benitez is not keen on losing his man.
Il Corriere dello Sport reports a Madrid-Maicon agreement over wages, and Caliendo will meet Inter chiefs on Monday to discuss how to proceed with forming the deal into shape as the two clubs are yet to reach a consensus over the transfer fee.
The champions want €28-30 million for their defender, but Madrid have so far responded with only €24m.
However, the deal could be held up further by Benitez. He is not keen on losing Maicon and, despite his secondary role in the transfer market - Marco Branca and Massimo Moratti are in command - he will intervene and plead with the president to keep him.
But Moratti has already said financial gain from player sales would represent the grist of the mill for his club, who are looking to cash in and use the funds to provision new players for key areas.
Maicon's will is to join former coach Jose Mourinho in Madrid. The Brazilian said: "I want to win everything," but did not specify with which club.
Indications point towards a Madrid move once the clubs get over the wage wrangling issues that have come to the fore.