As Metro revealed last week, Chelsea have made signing a new right-back a key priority this summer after veteran defender Paulo Ferreira was placed on the transfer list, and compatriot Jose Bosingwa was released at the end of his contract.
The 30-year-old has long been regarded as one of the best full-backs in European football, and is now expected to seal a move to West London in the next fortnight after Chelsea agreed a £6 million fee with Inter. Chelsea are due to hand Maicon a 3-year deal, with wages of around £80,000-a-week plus addons.
Maicon’s agent is due in England later this week to thrash out the formalities, after the player rejected interest from long-term admirers Real Madrid.
Having began his career at Cruzeiro, he nearly joined Manchester United in 2004, only for work permit issues to get in the way of his switch to England, and he ended up starting his European club career with Monaco. By then, he was already a full Brazil international and attracting praise for his dynamic style of play.
The full-back moved to Inter Milan in 2006 and blossomed under the tutelage of tactical master Jose Mourinho, winning four League titles, an Italian Cup and the Champions League. He will turn 32 years this July 26th.
- Strengths: A fast and powerful runner with bags of stamina, his strenth and skill on the ball make him a useful outlet on the flank. He also has an eye for spectacular goals.
- Weaknesses: Can be caught out of position due to his attacking nature and is also a little hot-headed.
- Career high: Winning the Treble with Inter Milan in 2009-10.
- Career low: Overlooked for the 2006 World Cup as Cafu and Cicinho took centre stage.
- Style: Attacking, pacy, a dynamic and modern full-back.
- Fact: He was involved in a brawl with David Navarro following Inter’s elimination by Valencia in the Champions League. The South American was originally suspended for six matches, but the ban was later reduced to three.
Final Verdict: Let’s be clear about this, Maicon is not the player he was a couple of seasons ago. During the last campaign, he scored 3 goals and made 4 assists having played only 28 games. If he is to enjoy a successful season at Chelsea, he must endure a minimum of 40 games and that’s easier said than done for a player his age coming to a league that is as physical and as fervently paced as the Premier League. But, if managed correctly, he can still be one of the best in his position. He still has the pace and physicality to make the grade in England while his attacking flair is still a dominant aspect in his game and will always trouble opponents. He can unleash a stinging shot at goal while his crossing has always been nothing short of exceptional. Maicon is not the sort of full-back who goes about his business quietly, he enjoys bombing up and down his right flank and is always enthusiastic to get involved in attack. It would be incredibly difficult to find a full-back as dynamic and energetic as him. As far as that philosophy goes, Maicon is the ideal candidate for us in order to keep them competing at the very highest level at present.
Maicon – The best right back:
It’s being reported by several national news outlets that Chelsea are set to increase their initial offer, which was rejected out of hand, for Wigan Athletic striker Victor Moses. A reputed opening bid of £3 million was turned down flat by Latics owner Dave Whelan a couple of weeks back, he told Chelsea at the time that they were ‘taking the Mickey’ with their offer and to come back when they were serious, well it looks like that might now be the case.
The rumours doing the circuits are suggesting that the new package put together by the West London club is an initial down payment of £7 million with a further £3 million in add-ons, whether that will be enough to tempt the Latics to part with their prize asset remains to be seen, Crystal Palace are also due to receive 20% of any fee that the Latics get and this could prove an influence on what Whelan is looking for from Chelsea.
Whelan is arguing that Moses’ potential and youth make him a more valuable asset than Charles N’Zogbia, who Wigan sold to Aston Villa last summer for £9.5m.
The Nigerian international netted six times for Wigan last season and is comfortable playing on either flank as well as off the main striker. I thing we just have to wait and see…time will tell!
- Past: The Nigerian born 19-year old made his way through the Crystal Palace youth ranks and was clearly a special talent. In the under 14’s side alone Moses managed an incredible 50 goals in one season. Moses eventually broke into the Palace first team in 2007 aged just 16. Whilst being known for his ability to play in numerous positions, most prominently the left wing or striker, it is unknown as of yet where Wigan Manager Roberto Martinez sees his best position. Moses brings to the Premier League is speed, strength and flair, rarely seen in an Englishmen. His technical ability is extremely impressive for one so young. Having fled Nigeria aged 11 and the murder of his parents, Moses can be extremely proud of how far he has come.
Here’s a video proving that he’s worth!
- Chelsea to step up summer recruitment drive (footybunker.com)
- Chelsea Set to Sign Inter Milan Star Maicon (caughtoffside.com)
- Chelsea to Offer £8m Plus Player Swap for Wigan Athletic Winger Victor Moses (caughtoffside.com)
- Maicon agent in London to close Chelsea deal (tribalfootball.com)
- London calling: Di Matteo to capture £10m man Victor Moses in next 24 hours (mirror.co.uk)