Manchester City are making a swap offer for Inter Milan fullback Douglas Maicon.

The Daily Express says City want Maicon - and are willing to offer Elano and £10million in cash.

Having strengthened his midfield by signing Gareth Barry and his attack with Roque Santa Cruz, plus the imminent signing of Carlos Tevez, boss Mark Hughes now wants to improve his defence.

And the 27-year-old Maicon, above, who had a superb season as Inter clinched a third Serie A title on the trot, is his top target, although he faces competition from Real Madrid and Chelsea if Inter decide to sell.

Agent Antonio Caliendo said: "Maicon is the best right-back in the world. I can rule out that Manchester United are interested but City have made an approach."

Midfielder Elano, who cost City £8m two years ago, has stated his desire to join Inter and fallen further down City's midfield pecking order after Barry's arrival.