Manchester United are expected to miss out on Fabio Coentrao for a second successive transfer window despite an agreement being struck between the Premier League champions and the Real Madrid player.
The Guardian reports that a deal is already in place between the left-back and his prospective new employers, but Real Madrid are unlikely to sanction a move during the winter transfer period.
Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti claims the Spanish giants will not conduct any business in January, neither arrivals nor departures, and David Moyes is facing up to the prospect of losing out on Coentrao once again.
Manchester United had attempted to sign the Portugal international during the closing days of the summer transfer window having initially failed to bring primary target Leighton Baines to Old Trafford.
The 25-year-old was reported to have been reduced to tears after the proposed transfer to Manchester United fell through and, given his restricted role this season, a second missed opportunity could prove even more painful.
Coentrao has made only four La Liga appearances this term but, it would seem, Ancelotti is still not prepared to allow him to leave the Santiago Bernabeu.