Real Madrid are ready to make a straight swap offer to Inter Milan for fullback Douglas Maicon. Marca says Real are willing to offer France international striker Karim Benzema for Maicon. The news will fuel talk that Benzema is available, particularly after strike-rival Gonzalo Higuain penned a new contract last week.

Meanwhile, Maicon yesterday backed away from comments declaring he wanted a move to Madrid.

The Brazil international is now insisting he is happy at European champs Inter.