Sunday August 19 2012
Juventus swoop for Maicon?

In a shock twist, Tuttosport claims Juventus will swoop for Inter’s Douglas Maicon if Stephan Lichtsteiner joins PSG.

Carlo Ancelotti this week denied the rumours Lichtsteiner was in negotiations with Paris Saint-Germain for a €15m move, but the rumours continue to swirl around the Italian and French media.

The surprise this morning from Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport is the claim that Maicon has been targeted as his replacement.

It would be a remarkable twist, though more plausible after Juventus signed his former Inter teammate Lucio on a free transfer.

Maicon’s contract expires in June 2013 and the Brazilian is thought to be on the market, but so far the links have been with PSG and Chelsea.

The Nerazzurri are eager to be rid of his €4m per season wages, although further reinforcing their Scudetto rivals would be seen as a sign of weakness in the eyes of the fans.

Coach Andrea Stramaccioni commented on Maicon’s future after last night’s 3-0 friendly win over Bisertin.

“In my view Maicon is the best in the world, but obviously there are different evaluations to be made, as there is more than just fondness or monetary value.

“All of Inter cares about the Brazilian, as he is a fantastic lad. We’ll have to see what happens.”