Eastlands boss Roberto Mancini, who managed the Brazil international as San Siro boss until 20 months ago, sees him as the best right-back in the world.
The Italian would love to sign Maicon in the summer, and the player's representative Antonio Caliendo admits it could happen if Inter president Massimo Moratti can be tempted by City's millions.
Up and down: Maicon patrols the right flank for the Italian champions
'Mancini has always expressed his desire to have Maicon, so it doesn't come as a surprise,' said Mancini. 'We'll see what Inter intend to do at the end of the season.
'When you have a contract in the way, it takes two parties to get things done. We are aware of offers for Maicon but for him to leave Inter, the club must agree to it.
'Both parties have to benefit from it. If there were this benefit we could talk about it. So, the choice is up to president Moratti, it's him who will decide whether to release Maicon.'
Chelsea, who are looking at the right-back options, have also been linked with him.
Samba star: Maicon (left) celebrates with Robinho after scoring against USA
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