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The Brazilian full-back has caught the attention of the Italian giants and is hopeful of following in the footsteps of his former team-mate

Santos defender Jonathan is eager to emulate compatriot Maicon at Italian powerhouse Inter.

The 25-year-old's agent, Jeiki Tadic, revealed over the weekend that talks with the world champions over a transfer are still ongoing, and the player is believed to be the main candidate to replace Maicon at Giuseppe Meazza if the Brazilian international leaves the club.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Jonathan said: "I am the heir to Maicon. A lot of people have said that we are pretty similar players. We both are quite strong and fast.

"We do not know each other very well, because of the age difference and we did not play together at Cruzeiro. However, we faced each other in training a few times when the senior side played against the youth squad."

The stopper also stressed that he has not signed a contract with the Italian giants just yet, and he refrained from discussing further details of the proposed deal.

He added: "I have not signed anything with Inter. I do not want to get into trouble with Santos. My agent is in charge of negotiations."

Jonathan, who joined Santos from Cruzeiro in December 2010, has a contract with the Copa Libertadores champions until the summer of 2014, and has a buy-out clause of €15 million.  

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