Coentrao looks set to complete a loan switch to Old Trafford.
Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao finally looks set to complete a loan move to Manchester United after months of speculation, reports the Telegraph.
The Red Devils tried to bring in the 25-year-old on transfer deadline day in the summer, but eventually ran out of time and the move fell through.
However, Coentrao’s agent Jorge Mendes is confident of tying up the deal in the January transfer window and the player is thought to be very keen to complete the switch.
Mendes has a good relationship with the club having negotiated the moves of Anderson, Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo and also recommended talented centre-back Ezequiel Garay to them.
The Portugal international has had a difficult time at the Santiago Bernabeu since a £25m transfer from Benfica in the summer of 2011 and has barely played at all this season due to injury.
Madrid have made it clear that the left-back doesn’t feature in manager Carlo Ancelotti’s plans and therefore coming to England is a distinct possibility.
Coentrao has played just four matches for Los Blancos this term and has made 67 appearances in all competitions in two-and-a-half years in the Spanish capital.
United manager David Moyes was thought to be initially unsure of what the Portuguese star would bring to Old Trafford, but a poor recent run for the team has made the Scot think otherwise.
The Premier League champions are set to lose Patrice Evra in the summer when the Frenchman’s contract expires and if Coentrao performs well, the full-back could be a ready-made replacement.
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