Spurs want to land to out-of-favour Coentrao.
Whilst rumours that Real Madrid are planning a raid for Gareth Bale rumble on, Tottenham Hotspur are set to turn the tables and instead bid for Los Blancos’ player Fabio Coentrao, according to Vavel.
Spurs will face competition from AS Monaco for the Portugal international’s signature, with Coentrao’s agent Jorge Mendes already overseeing four transfers to the Stade Louis II – Ricardo Carvalho, Radamel Falcao, Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez.
However, the north London side believe they can tempt the 25-year-old into switching to England though and manager Andre Villas-Boas’ Portuguese nationality should go some way into convincing the left-back.
Coentrao has spent two years at the Santiago Bernabeu since a £26.4m transfer from Benfica, but despite the player being able to operate in defensive midfield or out on the left flank, the Portuguese has been underused in the Spanish capital.
In two seasons the defender has played 36 La Liga matches and has felt completely unwanted since the departure of Jose Mourinho back to Chelsea.
It’s thought it would cost around £13m for Coentrao, less than half what Madrid paid two years ago, which for a player still only 25-years-old would be something of a steal.
Despite being overlooked by Los Blancos there is no doubting the left-back’s capabilities and to date he has earned 36 caps for Portugal – forming a strong bond with superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
Whether Spurs could genuinely tempt Coentrao to White Hart Lane is another matter, with Monaco certainly being able to out-price the club in both transfer fee and wage offer.