Real Madrid will clarify Manchester United loan target's future

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Real Madrid will clarify the future of full-back Fabio Coentrao, after a proposed loan move to Manchester United collapsed on transfer deadline day, reports Sky Sports.

The 25-year-old was heavily linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu this summer, despite Carlo Ancelotti's insistence that he would not be leaving the Spanish giants this window.

That didn't deter David Moyes from making an enquiry for the Portuguese international, who came close to switching to Old Trafford, only to see the deal fall through at the final hour.

Real Madrid were ready to let Coentrao join Manchester United, providing they could complete the signing of his replacement, Guilherme Siqueira from Granada.

However, after the left-back agreed to join Benfica on a season-long loan, Real Madrid were forced to pull the plug on Coentrao's move to the Premier League champions.

The public breakdown of the deal leaves both clubs in a difficult situation, with Moyes needing to justify to current players Patrice Evra and Alexander Buttner why he was in the market for another left-back, while Real Madrid will hold showdown talks with Coentrao regarding his long-term future.

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