Manchester City full back Maicon looks set on a return to Italy, Italian media have reported. Il Corriere dello Sport has linked the player with a move to AS Roma.
It is understood Maicon would be happy to return to Serie A after failing to make an impact at the City of Manchester Stadium. And with the World Cup in his home country next summer, the defender will hope a move will reinvigorate his chances of making the final squad having fallen out of contention in recent years.
His last appearance came in 2011 and he will be hoping a strong season will bring his international credentials back to the fore. It has been reported that he is a priority target for Roma under new manager Rudi Garcia.
If Manuel Pellegrini doesn’t stand in his way then it’s quite possible the move could go through. However Maicon’s high wages could be a stumbling block.
The 31-year-old started his career with Brazilian side Cruzeiro, making his debut in 2001 having also been a youth player at the club.
His spell there was a successful one and included being part of a Championship winning team. This fine run of form saw him called up to the Brazilian national team for whom he made his debut in 2003.
In June 2004 he joined Ligue 1 side AS Monaco for £2.1million and after two years with the French outfit which saw him make 59 appearances and score 5 goals, he was signed by Inter Milan in 2006.
His move to Italy saw him sign a five-year deal having moved for £4.8million. His time at San Siro showed him to be a resolute defender with a penchant for getting forward into attacking positions.
In the summer of 2012 Maicon was linked with various clubs and Paris Saint Germain were known to be keen on the player. However it was Manchester City who were successful in signing the player, the Manchester club paying £3million for him. However he would only go on to make 7 appearances for the club and for that reason it’s likely that he will continue to be surplus to requirements and an amicable parting of ways is probable.
AS Roma coach Zdenek Zeman was sacked in February after a string of poor results left them out of contention not only for the League but also a Champions League place. Ex-Lille coach Rudi Garcia was brought in last month and is believed to be anxious to bring Maicon to Stadio Olimpico.
The coming weeks will see if the clubs and the player can agree a fee and wages respectively. If so, Maicon will feel he has the fresh start needed to push for an international re-birth ahead of the 2014 World Cup.