Manchester City announces the departure of Maicon to AS Roma, Miralem Pjanic commits his future to the club, while Napoli close in on Julio Cesar.


AS Roma signs Maicon from Manchester City

Italian side AS Roma has completed the signing of Brazilian international Maicon, Manchester City have announced.

The 31-year-old right back joined the English club back in 2012 from Inter, but found it hard to make it into the starting eleven with any regularity ahead of Pablo Zabaleta. Maicon made a total of 13 appearances for City last season and his short stint at the club ended on a fairly disappointing note.

The Brazilian wasn’t part of the City squad which travelled to South-Africa for its preseason tour. New manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed in an interview that Maicon will not be part of the City squad next season. The former Inter defender was linked with a move back to Serie A and now Manchester City have confirmed that a deal has been agreed. The transfer fee involved in this move is believed to be around £3m.

“The Brazilian full-back arrived at City last August but found first-team opportunities limited and he made just 11 appearances during the 2012/13 campaign.

“With Pablo Zabaleta and Micah Richards seemingly ahead of him in the battle for the right-back role with the Blues, the 31-year-old has opted to return to Serie A to continue his career.

“Everyone at Manchester City wishes Maicon good luck at his new club.” – read a statement released by Manchester City on their official website.

It will be interesting to see how much he features in Rudi Garcia’s starting eleven next season. The Roma manager likes to use pacey wing-backs in his 4-3-3 formation. But Maicon will face competition from Ivan Piris and Vasilis Torosidis for the right-back spot, although there are doubts about Torosidis’ future at the club.

Miralem Pjanic reveals his desire to stay at Roma

Amid all the new arrivals Miralem Pjanic has confirmed that he wishes to remain at the club.

Pjanic’s future has been up for speculation this summer. The 23-year-old midfielder, who was signed from Lyon back in 2011, has drawn interest from Tottenham Hotspur, Inter and Arsenal. Reports also suggest that Spurs have already failed with a bid for the Bosnian international. It is believed that Roma are willing to offer a new contract to the midfielder, who scored three goals and provided five assists in 20 starts in the league last season.

Pjanic has now stated in an interview that he has no intention of leaving the club and is ready to fight for his place under the new manager. He is also positive about signing a contract extension, although he is unaware of the financial situation at the club.

“I don’t want to leave. Everyone at the club knows that.

“I’ve always wanted to stay here. I want to give everything to start the season well.

“I don’t know about the financial situation at the club. A new contract? It doesn’t happen overnight. We’re talking about it.

“The desire is there and we’ll see what happens in the future.

“There are a number of us in that position (midfield) and whoever’s on form will be in the team.

“The coach will find the right system. We need to do what we can to let the new signings settle.

“There are some great players who can help us to achieve success. Then it’ll be up to the coach to decide who to pick.” – The AS Roma midfielder told in an interview to the club’s website.

Napoli close in on Julio Cesar

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has indicated that a deal is imminent between the two clubs over the sale of the Brazilian international.

Despite QPR’s relegation from the Premier League last season, Julio Cesar stood out with his performances for the club in the second of the season. He was also part of the recently triumphant Brazilian squad in the Confederations Cup and played a significant role in their victory. The 33-year-old has drawn interest from Arsenal and Napoli this summer, although the Italian club are the clear favourites to land him at the moment.

De Laurentiis has stated that negotiations are currently underway between both the clubs and more will be revealed later tonight.

“Something more will be known tonight”  – The Napoli president told the press.

It is believed that Napoli were initially interested in securing a loan-deal for the goal-keeper, but QPR are only interested in selling the Brazilian.

“It’s absolutely pointless. What’s the point loaning a player and then he comes back to you the following year on massive wages.

“He’s in his prime at the moment and wanted by many clubs around the world so now is the time really. We need to move on.

“If he wants to leave then he goes and we sell him. Napoli are not short of money. They’ve just sold a player for £54million so if they want him then they’ve got to do a deal.

“Let’s do a deal that suits the football club rather than just doing deals that suit agents and other people.” – QPR boss Harry Redknapp said.

It will be interesting to see what the future holds of current Napoli number one, Morgan De Sanctis, if and when Julio Cesar arrives as the club. The Brazilian is certainly the better goalkeeper among the two and De Sanctis in all likelihood will have to surrender his No.1 jersey to the former Inter man.