Real reportedly considers Maicon as Pepe cover
Real Madrid is reportedly contemplating a transfer move for Inter Milan defender Maicon as the club rekindles its interest in the fullback.
The report claims Maicon is now the center of attention at the Bernabeu. But after having provided a series of golden geese in the summer, the sense in Madrid is that Florentino Perez is unlikely to supply another cash injection for the winter.
Nevertheless, Manuel Pellegrini is likely to request some reinforcements. Aside from Maicon, Real has been linked with several other candidates, including Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic, Gonzalo Castro of Bayer Leverkusen and Manchester United stopper Johnny Evans.
Whispers in Milan suggest the Nerazzurri stopper will cost the Spanish giants around $50 million. Signing him will be difficult though as he recently penned a new deal at the club which ties him down until 2014.