The transfer of Maicon from Inter Milan to Manchester City has been in the works for a few days now, but the Italian club have now confirmed that it is official. The Brazilian right-back, who's been at Inter since 2006, will back his bags and move north to Manchester.
This is a bit of an unusual move for Manchester City, but then again, most defensive signings aren't really very sexy. Maicon is a fairly well-known name, having been an integral part of the nerazzurri lineup for the past six seasons. Most importantly, he has Champions League experience.
On the other hand, Maicon, like many on Inter, is aging. Now 31, the Brazilian just hasn't looked quite right over the past year -- sad for a player who once was nominated for the Ballon d'Or. But it may just be all the recent changes at Inter, the managerial shifts, the decline in power to the point where they need to qualify not for Champions League play but for Europa.
It's almost certain that Maicon still has a bit of his old spark left in him. Now Roberto Mancini just needs to find how to coax that out.