Mark Hughes eyes up talented Brazilian.
Manchester City have joined the race to sign Inter Milan full-back Maicon in January, according to reports.
The 28-year-old Brazilian has made 97 Serie A appearances for the Nerazzurri – scoring eight times – since arriving from Monaco in 2006.
And the powerful, pacy full-back, who has 50 caps for his country, was part of the Samba Boys’ successful Confederations Cup campaign in South Africa earlier this year, scoring against eventual runners up USA in the group phase.
Maicon was strongly linked with a moves to Chelsea and Real Madrid this summer, only to eventually stay put at the San Siro.
However, his representitive Antonio Caliendo recently revealed that Manchester United have long been admirers of the lung-busting right-back. (Four Four Two)
With Micah Richards rumoured to be seeking an exit I guess a move for right back Maicon makes sense, and if they can make such a move at the cost of Sir Alex missing out on a target would be an added bonus.
Argentine international Pablo Zabaleta is however a more than competent performer and it would seem like an expensive signing that may or may not be necessary for Mark Hughes to make. There is no doubting Maicon’s talent, especially when going forward, and whilst money is clearly no object to the Eastlands outfit, I can’t help but feel that this signing is not that necessary. If I were Hughes I would be looking at bringing in another centre back and then perhaps playing Lescott at full back because he has looked pretty shaky alongside the ever dependable Kolo Toure.