Highly rated Benfica star Fabio Coentrao will be the subject of a bidding war between the Barclays Premier League’s bitter Manchester rivals amidst additional interest from Real Madrid.
The 22-year-old Portuguese left-back will not be allowed to leave for less than £20million, but that price tag is unlikely to put off any of the interested parties, least of all Manchester City who are the latest side to enter the race for the players signature.
The Citizens technical director Mike Rigg has confirmed rumours that boss Roberto Mancini has earmarked Coentrao as a potential summer signing saying, “Fabio Coentrao is fantastic - he's a player of enormous potential.”
The Daily Mail reports Benfica have already stepped up their search for a replacement for Coentrao, prompting Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson to contact the board directly about the possibility of a transfer and asking to be kept informed of any future developments.
Madrid are also keeping a close eye on the situation surrounding the World Cup left-back and are ready to match any offer coming out of Old Trafford.
Speculation suggests that the Galacticos are the club that have unsettled current Red Devils full-back Patrice Evra, who has been repeatedly linked with a move to Spain, sparking Manchester United’s interest in Coentrao who is seen as an ideal replacement.
An agreement between the three parties – Benfica, Manchester United and Real Mardid may have just about been possible, but for the arrival of Manchester City and their financial weight now to consider.
Matters will likely be complicated further in what appears to be a three-way joust for the signature of this much sought-after Portuguese star.
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