City to swoop for United target Maicon

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.

Now, according to the Sun, both Manchester City and Barcelona are also mulling a move for the defender during the winter transfer window, with Mark Hughes' cash-rich outfit believed to be weighing up a  €23 million bid for his services.

But although Caliendo has since admitted that Maicon would be interested in a move to Old Trafford to play alongside fellow countrymen Rafael, Fabio and Anderson, he insisted that Inter president Massimo Moratti would have the final say on whether or not the player leaves Jose Mourinho's side.

"We would be willing to deal if an offer came our way," he said.

“Maicon is a champion, and he is the best in the world at his role.

“Manchester [United]? If they make an offer, and Massimo Moratti wants to evaluate it, then we will be prepared to sit with him to discuss the options. The choice is his though.”