Man City to move for Maicon and Javi Garcia

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini hopes to sign at least two players on transfer deadline day, Inter’s Brazil full-back Maicon and Javi Garcia, the Spanish international midfielder currently with Portuguese side Benfica, the BBC has reported.

Maicon is intended as cover at right-back for Argentinean international Pablo Zabaleta and is available for around £5m. The 31-year-old has been at Inter since 2006, having previously played for Monaco and Cruzeiro.

Garcia, meanwhile, is valued at around £24m and became Mancini’s preferred target when Daniele De Rossi opted to remain with Roma. Garcia is a product of the Real Madrid youth system but struggled to make the grade at the club, instead moving on to Benfica in 2009 after a year-long loan with La Liga outfit Osasuna.

The 25-year-old has played at every level internationally for Spain, forming part of the U-19 European Championship winning side in 2006 and making his senior debut for La Roja earlier this year. Garcia is also related to former Liverpool forward Luis Garcia.

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