Chelsea look to have been given a big boost in their pursuit of Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao after he ruled out the prospect of moving to Sporting Lisbon this summer.
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The Blues are one of the many admirers of the Portuguese international, who has found himself out of favour at the Bernabeu this season due to the presence of Brazilian Marcelo as first choice at left-back.
Coentrao could be a decent squad player for Chelsea, however, with Cesar Azpilicueta not a natural left-sided player despite his fine form this season, and with Filipe Luis possibly heading back to Atletico Madrid in the upcoming transfer window.
Chelsea are said to be readying a bid of around £15m for Coentrao, according to the Metro, and the player may be open to the move after seemingly putting any move back to Portugal on hold.