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Maicon 'likely' to stay at Inter

The Brazil full-back's future remains unclear with reports in Spain claiming Real Madrid have made a tantalising offer to Inter Milan.

Maicon is believed to be wanted at Real Madrid by Jose Mourinho, his former Inter coach.
Maicon is believed to be wanted at Real Madrid by Jose Mourinho, his former Inter coach.

Maicon's future remains unclear with reports in Spain claiming Real Madrid have made a tantalising offer to Inter Milan for the Brazil full-back. The 28-year-old defender was a pivotal member of the Nerazzurri's Coppa Italia, Champions League and Serie A treble-winning campaign last term and Jose Mourinho, the Real coach, would relish having his former charge at the Bernabeu.

Marca, theSpanish sports newspaper, claimed yesterday that Real have stepped up their efforts to acquire Maicon, reportedly offering ?28 million (Dh129m) after Inter apparently turned down a bid of ?22m. Real are not the only ones to have shown an interest, according to the agent. "Manchester City? It was the first team that expressed an interest in him," said Caliendo. "[City manager Roberto] Mancini, just like Mourinho, is a big admirer of the player.

"But I reiterate that at this point, there is a high probability that he will remain at Inter." In England, Joe Cole completed his move to Liverpool yesterday after passing a medical examination. Cole, who will wear the No 10 shirt at Liverpool after arriving on a free transfer from Chelsea, was Roy Hodgson's first signing since replacing Rafa Benitez as manager on July 1. Danny Wilson, the Rangers defender, became the second, signing a three-year contract.

"There's a lot more work to do, a lot more players needed," said Hodgson who could receive some much-needed funds to improve the squad once Olympiakos sign winger Albert Riera by the end of this week. "We as a football team have got to make certain that when we take to the field the supporters will see there is something different and that we are making the biggest effort we can make." Chelsea's preparations to defend their Premier League crown have been dealt a blow by the loss of goalkeeper Petr Cech for a month.

Cech injured his calf in training on Tuesday and scans yesterday revealed a small tear. He will miss the rest of the club's pre-season and is a doubt for the Community Shield against Manchester United at Wembley on August 8 and the club's season opener, at home to West Bromwich Albion, six days later. Deco, Chelsea's Brazilian-born Portugal midfielder, is keen to return to his homeland to be with his ill son, and expects to have his future sorted by Monday.

* Agencies