Much has been made of the Argentine’s ‘chance’ meeting with Inter’s director of football Marco Branca whilst in holiday in Italy, and since then it has been presumed the Italian club lead the chase for Tevez, whose deal to return to Corinthians of Brazil fell through.
Inter, who are yet to make a marquee signing this summer, see Tevez as the ideal target to lead them in their challenge to reclaim the Serie A title from neighbours AC Milan. It was thought that Manchester City were offered the opportunity to take on Cameroon international Samuel Eto’o in any part-exchange deal, but that seems to have changed with Maicon now on offer.
Maicon, who has been Brazil’s first-choice right-back for a number of years despite the presence of Barcelona’s brilliant Daniel Alves, has only one year remaining on his current contract with Inter, and the Italian giants are thought to be considering cashing on the player, who is now 30-years old.
However, any straight swap deal involving Tevez would interest the Italian’s, with no actual cash changing hands, but with City setting Tevez’s value at £40 million, and Maicon valued at around £15 million, there’s a £25 million shortfall.
Ironically, it was the current Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini, who signed Maicon whilst in charge at Inter, 5-season ago.