The Sun reports this morning that Chelsea have turned their attention to Inter Milan and Brazilâ€™s right back Maicon Douglas. After missing out on Glen Johnson and with Jose Bosingwa attracting interest from Bayern Munich, the Blues remain in the hunt for a world class right back.
Maicon began his career with Cruzeiro and in the space of two seasons he had won the league and the Copa do Brasil. With his reputation rapidly blossoming, Manchester United looked to sign Maicon back in 2004 however due to his lack of international appearances the application for a work permit was rejected. United’s loss was AS Monaco’s gain, and at the end of 2004 Maicon was snapped up by the Ligue 1.
In France Maicon’s career continued on its upward trajectory and after just two seasons he was snapped up by the Nerazurri on a five year contract. And it was in Roberto Manciniâ€™s side that the Brazilian really shone where, after a slow beginning, Maicon adapted well to the rigors of Serie A.
Battling the typical stereotypes of being a Brazilian full-back who is weak at defending, Maicon went about working on his weaknesses in Italy. He utilises his strength when defending to make it difficult for opposing players to beat him (he is 6ft Â½ inches) and he is strong in the tackle. His stamina, speed, and skill also enable him to be a danger going forward – a worthy successor to Cafu in the international arena.
It is of no surprise that Chelsea have been linked with the player with Ancelloti wanting to build a team in his image. Whatâ€™s more, he would fit seamlessly into the changing room. In 2007, he was punished by UEFA for brawling with Valenciaâ€™s David Navarro for brawling in the Champions League with a 6 match ban which was later reduced to 3 games. (Watch here.)
With that all said, whether Maicon will in fact move to Stamford Bridge is dubious. Inter and Massimo Moratti are not in the business of happily selling their â€œtopâ€ players. Furthermore, it is unlikely that Mourinho will let an â€œuntouchableâ€ leave.
Reports this morning suggest that Â£22-25 million bid will tabled. However, for Inter to take any bid seriously it will have to be in the Â£30-35 million bracket. Even if such a bid is tabled we expect him to begin next season at Inter.
Video evidence of how Maicon performed during the 2008/2009 season can be seen here.