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Manchester United transfer target: Maicon

Maicon would be a great addition at United. (©GettyImages)
Maicon would be a great addition at United. (©GettyImages).

Brazilian international full-back Maicon is the latest player to be put under the Givemefootball microscope, as Italian agent Roberto Calenda claims interest from a number of clubs.

Paris St-Germain and Real Madrid are said to be amongst the chasing pack from Europe, whilst Manchester United are claimed to be the English outfit interested in adding the 30-year-old's services.

With the Red Devils struggling at the right back position, Maicon could be the player to solve the current problem at Old Trafford. Here's our verdict...
 

Pros

Players don't come with much more experience than Maicon, who has plied his trade with Cruzeiro, AS Monaco and Inter Milan in a career of just over a decade thus far.

He's far from past-it at 30 though, winning the first Champions League of his career in 2009 and being named in the 2010 FIFA/FIFPro World Team of the Year after an impressive domestic and international campaign.

Capped 66 times for Brazil, the attack-minded wing-back has been a mainstay of the national squad since making his debut for the Selecao in 2003, although had to bide his time to take the reigns from Cafu on a regular basis.

Playing time has been relatively limited this season in comparison to previous years for Maico, with just 10 Serie 'A' outings for Inter in their 18 matches this term. He's previously featured in well over 30 games in all competitions during his six years with the club, and a lack of opportunities could encourage a move.

With pace to burn and an ability to play in a more advanced role, Maicon could add an extra dimension in a midfield position, with his versatility meaning he can play in a 4-4-2 or 3-5-2 formation.
 

Cons

The players agent appears to be sending mixed messages over Maicon's future, stating at the start of the month that he wasn't available and now stoking up the interest of Manchester United.

A lack of experience in the English game could also be a question mark. Against Spurs in the Champions League last year, Gareth Bale exposed some possible frailties in two matches against Inter, and clubs could look to replicate the Welshman's success against the player.

Whilst a desire to get forward would add to United's attacking options, Sir Alex Ferguson will want to shore-up his defence - Maicon is not an old-school right back in the Gary Neville mould.

Price could also be an issue. Whilst no figure has been speculated in the recent reports, Inter are unlikely to let the player leave the San Siro on the cheap.
 

VERDICT

Manchester United could do with a right back. Few would disagree with that statement, given the injury problems at the club. England internationals Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have both been forced to cover in the position, whilst Rafael Da Silva still has plenty to prove. He is arguably the clubs only out-and-out player in the position.

Maicon is rightly regarded as one of the world's best players in the position, and whilst he's exceptionally good going forward, he's more than capable of getting stuck in at the back.

The move seems like a winner, but Ferguson is reluctant to make moves in January and has been quiet on the transfer front since stating he was happy with this squad.

So don't expect Fergie to try and break the bank for the 'veteran', although a deal with any value should be something the Scot might consider.

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