Manchester United could well move for Fabio Coentrao in January if their plans to bring Everton fullback Leighton Baines are scuppered, according to Portuguese newspaper A Bola.
According to the report, which cites the Daily Mail, Real Madrid are now prepared to let the Portugal international leave the Bernabeu for as little as 50 per cent of the £25million fee they paid Benfica for his services in 2011.
This could interest David Moyes, who has made the acquisition of a new left-back one of his top priorities for January. It is believed that he will primarily target Leighton Baines, having made no secret of his interest to bring in the Toffees star in the summer.
Southampton starlet Luke Shaw has also been mooted as a potential target, but it’s thought that the United boss will turn his attention to Coentrao if Roberto Martinez manages to convince Baines to remain at Goodison Park.
It has been rumoured that the Premier League champions almost bought in the 25-year-old following an eleventh hour bid before the summer window slammed shut, but were too late to secure the move.
A move to Old Trafford is said to appeal to Coentrao, who is looking for a fresh start after struggling to cement a first-team place at Madrid.