Manchester City ready to offload Maicon to Gremio

Updated: May 11, 2013, 13:59 PM IST

Rio de Janeiro: English football club Manchester City is set to offer defender Maicon to Brazilian top-flight club Gremio.

The 31-year-old has made just eight first-team appearances since his August 2012 move to City from Italian Serie A outfit Inter Milan.

Beset by ankle and knee injuries last year, it is understood Maicon wants to resurrect his career in Brazil and stake a claim for a recall to the country`s national team ahead of next year`s World Cup.

Maicon`s move would be the second time Gremio have signed an English Premier League defender this season. In January, the club secured Arsenal left-back Andre Santos on a one-year loan deal.