Maicon could be on his way back to Italy.
Manchester City full-back Maicon has failed to make the impact on the first team that was expected after a move from Inter Milan last year and AS Roma are aiming to give the Brazilian a get-out, according to talkSPORT.
The right-back arrived at City on transfer deadline day in August last season for £3.3m, but has since gone onto make just seven starts for the 2012 Premier League champions.
Although Maicon was sidelined for three-and-a-half months with a knee injury during that time he was still underused due to the impressive performances of fellow right-back Pablo Zabaleta.
With City also having Micah Richards on the books at the Etihad Stadium in the same position, the Brazil international already feels as if he may have to move on to obtain first team football.
New manager at Eastlands Manuel Pellegrini may therefore use Maicon as a makeweight in any potential transfers coming into the club – with Roma’s Pablo Osvaldo on the Citizens’ radar.
The departure of forward Carlos Tevez to Juventus means City need to recruit at least one new man up top and Osvaldo has been linked with the club following his bust-up with former head coach Aurelio Andreazzoli – who still works at the club.
Therefore Pellegrini would use the full-back to tempt Roma into letting their goal machine come to England and bolster the Sky Blues’ attack.
Maicon spent six years in Italy previously with Inter after joining from AS Monaco in 2006 and is still highly regarded in the nation after winning four Serie A titles, two Coppa Italias and the Champions League in 2010.