Liverpool in advanced talks to sign Fabio Coentrao

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Liverpool, not Manchester United, are leading to race to sign Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao this summer.

According to the Daily Mirror, the Portugal international is available for just £11.5m at the end of the season. Manchester United and Tottenham were keen to sign Coentrao in the January window, but refused to meet Madrid's initial asking price of £15m.

But now that has been dropped, a number of other clubs have entered the race, with Liverpool Coentrao's most likely destination.

Monaco and Manchester City are also monitoring developments as it doesn't look like Coentrao features in Carlo Ancelotti's long-term thinking.

The 26-year-old defender has made just seven La Liga appearances this season, with Marcelo often preferred. As a result, Ancelotti is reportedly happy to let Coentrao go to the highest bidder.

Liverpool currently lead the race to sign the left-back, with the club in talks with Jorge Mendes, the player's agent.

The report even claims that negotiations took place as recently as last week and that the talks are currently at an advanced stage.

Liverpool will have a need at the position at the end of the season, as on-loan defender Aly Cissokho has not done enough to earn a permanent contract. He will return to Valencia.

Jon Flanagan has often played at left-back this season, but Rodgers wants a more natural fit at the position rather than the right-footed academy graduate.

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