Fabio Coentrao has revealed he's aware of Manchester United's interest in his services.
The Portuguese international has been linked with a host of clubs across Europe, with Liverpool also thought to be keen on bringing the player to the Barclays Premier League and reports last week claiming they were close to a deal.
However, the Correio da Manha reports appear to have been unfounded, and the 23-year-old left back has now spoken out over the interest in his services.
Benfica value the player at £26 million, a figure that both Manchester United and Real Madrid are reportedly considering, although the player has hinted that he's leaning towards a La Liga switch despite 'special' interest from Old Trafford.
“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," said the former Rio Ave star.
“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.”
The comments are likely to sound a hammer blow to the interest of Manchester United, and Sir Alex Ferguson is likely to look elsewhere should he wish to bring a left sided player to the club.