Real Madrid have gone back to the drawing board to mastermind another method of roping in Maicon as Inter reject a €26 million offer for the Brazilian.
La Gazzetta dello Sport claims Nerazzurri chief Massimo Moratti has rejected a fresh offer from los Blancos, who raised their €24m stake to €26m, but the move did nothing to increase their hopes as it was refused.
Moratti is holding out for nothing less than €30m. Once the two clubs reach an agreement over price, Maicon would be able to agree personal terms with the Spanish clubs.
His agent Antonio Caliendo said on Thursday there "would be no problem" in reaching a consensus over terms.
Caliendo is now expected to press Moratti into accepting a lower fee when they meet next week so the long-running deal can be concluded.
If that move fails then Real Madrid will have to offer the money Inter expect.