Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has admitted that he would welcome the opportunity to bring Inter Milan defender Maicon to Eastlands.
The Italian tactician worked with the buccaneering Brazilian during his time in charge at Giuseppe Meazza.
He has now revealed that a reunion could be possible if City are able to secure a top four finish in the Premier League this season.
Mancini knows UEFA Champions League football will act as a useful bargaining tool for the Blues next summer as they look to further bolster their ranks.
A place in European football's premier club competition will make it easier to attract top stars, with City's new manager also admitting that he would love to work with Barcelona's ex-Inter frontman Zlatan Ibrahimovic again in the future.
"If City finish in the top four we will look for players of the highest level," Mancini told francorossi.com.
"I would like Maicon. With Ibra there's always been a rapport of great loyalty.
"He's world class. Which manager in the world wouldn't like Ibrahimovic?
He added: "City is the best club in the world for an ambitious manager.
"There are very, very good players there but we must improve as it won't be easy to get into the top four."
Mancini is keen to be the man to help City take the next step in their ambitious plans for global domination, but knows he will need the best talent available if he is to meet those targets.
Whether he is able to get his hands on those he wants remains to be seen, but the Italian has revealed the names of a few more players he would like to bring to City given half a chance.
"If they (Liverpool) put Steven Gerrard, Javier Mascherano and Fernando Torres on the market, City will be interested," he said, with tongue in cheek.