Old Trafford boss set to miss out on Benfica left back.
MANCHESTER UNITED look set to miss out to Real Madrid in the race to sign £26million-rated Benfica star Fabio Coentrao.
The left-sided Portugal international has been linked with the Red Devils, Real and Barcelona but admits his preferred destination would be the Bernabeu.
Coentrao, 23, said: “I know that Manchester United and Barcelona are interested in me.
“This is special for me and makes me think that I am doing well as a player.
“They are two big teams with the best players but if Real Madrid show an interest they will be my first option.
“There is a mutual interest between me and Real Madrid. However, it is up to the clubs to reach an agreement over a transfer fee.
“I can only hope that my dream of playing for Real Madrid will become reality.”
SOURCE: The Sun
After Patric Evra’s appalling Champions League performance one may imagine Sir Alex Ferguson’s interest in Coentrao would have increased but a move to the Bernabeu appears on the cards. Clearly the talented Portuguese international will be fighting Marcelo for the left back slot, a fight that would be very hard to win given the season the Brazilian full back has just had.
Jose Mourinho is beginning to rack up a fair few talented players having already picked up Borussia Dortmund youngster Nuri Sahin earlier in the month. Ferguson is apparently ready to refresh a squad that perhaps has one or two elder statesman nearing retirement and with the likes of Edwin van der Sar, Gary Neville and now Paul Scholes calling it a day and with Owen Hargreaves not being offered a new contract, there may well be a fair bit of transfer activity at Old Trafford this summer.
Under performing squad players Jonny Evans, Bebe, Gabriel Obertan and Darron Gibson have also been strongly linked with exits and unhappy striker Dimitar Berbatov may well push to leave having seen his first team chances hampered by impressive Mexican international Javier Hernandez.