Taxi To The Bridge For Maicon
I reported of Chelsea’s search for a new right back a few days ago, during which I described a shortlist of right backs who the club were touting. Maicon was only described as a reserve to the shortlist if all other bids failed.
Well somehow Maicon has shot right to the top of the list in a matter of days and is reportedly on his way to Stamford Bridge for a reported £6m.
The Brazilian, who turns 31 next month, was subject to interest from Real Madrid but they were reportedly put off by his price tag.
Di Matteo and Abramovich obviously haven’t been and see £6m as a good deal for such an experienced and established right back.
He has won numerous titles and cups in Italy and a few tournaments for Brazil and will provide great cover to Branislav Ivanovic.
I hope he is only being signed as cover to Ivanovic – who has also been linked with Real Madrid – and not as a replacement. I see Ivanovic as one of the best right backs in the Premier League and I don’t think Maicon could fill his boots.
I have some doubts over Maicon especially after the mauling Gareth Bale gave to him in the Champions League two seasons ago and the fact he played in an Inter Milan team that finished outside the top four in Italy. His experience and low transfer fee calm any of these doubts as long as he is only being signed as a replacement for Jose Bosingwa, because we can all agree he couldn’t be any worse.
The Daily Mail suggest Chelsea are still interested in Lille’s Mathieu Debuchy which I’m sure will feul the Ivanovic to Madrid rumour further.