Real Madrid are to launch a transfer "offensive" for Maicon, according to the Inter Milan right-back's agent.
Despite the 27-year-old Brazilian being a key player for the Italian champions speculation has been rife that he is on his way out of the Giuseppe Meazza.
Maicon has demanded a pay increase but those that hold Inter's purse strings have as yet resisted yielding to his demands.
Manchester City are the only club to have made an offer for Maicon, who has also been linked with Chelsea, but his agent believes the Spanish giants - who have spent over £170million already this summer - could move soon.
Cherry on cake
"I think that Maicon will be the cherry on the Real Madrid cake," said Antonio Caliendo. "At the moment there's nothing but I believe the situation is destined to change.
"After having bought (Karim) Benzema, now Real are focusing on (Franck) Ribery and Xabi Alonso, but then they will turn to Maicon.
"I have already said it and I repeat it - I'm expecting an offensive from them to try to buy him because he is the best in the world in his position.
"There's margin to manoeuvre with Inter. If the amount that will come to Inter will be the right one, everything could be finalised very soon."
Maicon is under contract with the Nerazzurri until June 2013.