Real Madrid full-back Fabio Coentrao could be heading to the Premier League after Chelsea were cleared to sign the defender in a £15 million deal, according to The Metro.
Coentrao has found it difficult to get first-team chances under former manager Carlo Ancelotti with only 37 appearances for The Galacticos in the last two campaigns, compared to 63 appearances under Jose Mourinho at Santiago Bernabeu in as many seasons.
Contracted till 2019 with Real Madrid, as per Transfermarkt.com, the Portuguese full-back is open to a move elsewhere to get more opportunities keeping in mind Euro 2016 next year.
Not moving to Lisbon
Portuguese side, Sporting Lisbon were thought to be in the running but Coentrao squashed all rumours linking him with a move back to Portugal, saying on his Facebook page: "Contrary to rumours that I will play for Sporting, and despite the respect I have for the club, the only Portuguese club for me is Benfica."
Jose Mourinho is an admirer of the left-back and was one of the key signings during his tenure at Santiago Bernabeu, costing €30million in 2011.
Sky Sports reported in March 2015 linking him with Manchester United to which Coentrao said: ”It would be a honour to join the club.”
However, the Red Devils have cooled their interest since.
At Chelsea Mourinho has Spain international Cesar Azpilicueta as first choice left-back and with Filipe Luis set to move back to Atletico Madrid after just one season with the Blues, Coentrao would be an excellent addition.
The 27-year old has dribbling and blocking as key strengths as per WhoScored.com, with a pass success rate of 86.6 per cent in 2014/15 for Los Blancos.
With Brazilian Marcelo preferred ahead of Coentra ,the Portuguese might well decide to quit Real Madrid this summer. The situation would be clear in the coming days whether Coentrao would fight for a place at Santiago Bernabeu or would reunite with former boss Mourinho at Stamford Bridge.
Coentrao also has 48 caps for Portugal since 2009.