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Monaco join race for Manchester United & Liverpool target

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AS Monaco have joined the race to sign Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City target Fabio Coentrao this summer.

TalkSPORT reports how the Real Madrid left-back has been heavily linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season after falling out of first-team favour with Carlo Ancelotti.

Former Red Devils boss David Moyes tried to bring the 26-year-old to Old Trafford on loan last summer, and the Premier League champions are understood to retain an interest in the Portugal international with doubts remaining over the future of Patrice Evra.

Brendan Rodgers has also been credited with an interest in taking Coentrao to Anfield, while Manuel Pellegrini is believed to be an admirer of the Real Madrid star from his time coaching in La Liga with Malaga.

However, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United will all face serious competition for the player's signature, after Monaco's billionaire owner Dmitry Rybolovlev was spotted taking a watching brief of Coentrao during Real Madrid's 1-0 win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final first leg on Wednesday night.

Coentrao turned in one of his best performances in a Real Madrid shirt, providing a superb assist for Karim Benzema, and is likely to have impressed in front of his Ligue 1 suitors.

Claudio Ranieri is now ready to rival the Premier League trio for the Portuguese full-back's services, meaning a bidding war is likely to ensue when the transfer window reopens.

The London Metro reported last month that Coentrao would be available for £10million, but a strong showing at the World Cup in Brazil could raise his valuation, with Real Madrid likely to sell to the highest bidder.

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