Manchester United have reportedly identified Liverpool target Fábio Coentrão as a potential replacement for Patrice Evra.

Speculation has been rife in recent months that the Frenchman could be on his way out of Old Trafford and now FourFourTwo suggests that he is keen on a move to Real Madrid.

Although not revealing the United left-back by name, FourFourTwo correspondent Andy Mitten claims an Old Trafford first teamer 'fancies Real Madrid' after growing tired of Manchester and has interpreted this player to be Evra.

According to The People, United have earmarked Celtic’s Emilio Izaguirre and Benfica full-back Coentrão as worthy successors for Evra, but they are likely to have to battle with Liverpool to sign the latter.


Liverpool are currently short on recognised left-backs after the failure of Paul Konchesky to make a lasting impression at Anfield saw him loaned out to Nottingham Forest.

This would suggest that Liverpool will be in the market for reinforcements when the transfer window reopens, and Coentrão would be an exciting successor for the beleaguered Konchesky.

However, Liverpool are expected to have to spend big to land the Portugal international, who has a buyout clause of €29 million written into his contract, which expires in 2016.

Liverpool, though, have demonstrated their financial clout under the ownership of New England Sports Ventures and are likely to provide stiff competition for Coentrão's other reported suitors.

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