City step up efforts to sign Brazilian full-back

Maicon, Inter Milan defenderManchester City have stepped up their efforts to sign Inter right-back Maicon, The Guardian state.

Roberto Mancini has admitted that his side must strengthen their squad before the end of the transfer window if they are to challenge on all fronts this term, but as yet Jack Rodwell has been the only addition this summer.

The Premier League champions have been frustrated in their attempts to sign the likes of Daniele De Rossi and Javi Martinez, whilst a deal to bring Scott Sinclair to the Etihad Stadium still hangs in the balance.

Maicon has less than a year left on his contract in Italy, and the player’s agent has confirmed that there is interest from Mancini’s men.

“There is interest from Manchester City, Real Madrid and Chelsea in the player,” Roberto Calenda confirmed.

“There is no possibility that he goes to Milan or Juventus. He has worn the Nerazzurri shirt for six seasons and has too much respect for the fans to betray them in that manner. He could also yet remain at Inter.”

Inter are rumoured to be willing to sell the veteran South American defender for around €6 million (£4.7m).

By Gareth McKnight