It seems as if Roberto Di Matteo has almost given up on his pursuit of Inter Milan’s Brazilian international Maicon. According to the Spanish media, the 31-year old right back is waiting for an offer from Real Madrid. Chelsea have, therefore, turned to the 23-year old Spaniard Cesar Azpilicueta.
Di Matteo has lodged a bid of around £6 million with Marseille, according to Metro, but have been turned down. The French club know that Chelsea are desperate to fill this position, and do not want to let the talented right back go for less than £8 million.
It was thought that Di Matteo would have more time to ponder his decision, as Azpilicueta was included in the Spanish Olympic team. Spain, who were strongly fancied in the competition, were knocked out yesterday after losing to Honduras. Di Matteo was also hoping that Maicon would be pushed into a decision as Inter Milan were going to name him in their Champion’s league squad for the qualifying stage.
Maicon has been (conveniently) ruled out of the squad with an innocuous injury, thereby giving Jose Mourinho time to organise a move for his former player. It seems strange that Madrid have not made an offer yet, but Chelsea seem to have lost patience and are considering a second bid with Marseille.