£25m price tag on Liverpool defender target - would 'love' Anfield switch

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Liverpool defender target Fábio Coentrão has had a £25 million price tag placed on his head.

The Portuguese international has been heavily linked with a move away from Benfica, with Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish thought to be one of the managers interested in bringing the player to England.

Coentrão himself has previously expressed a desire to ply his trade at Anfield, expressing his admiration for the Merseysiders last month when they were linked with a move.

"I love Liverpool," the full back was re-quoted as saying on Live4Liverpool.

Manchester United are also thought to be keen on the player, with Sir Alex Ferguson reportedly monitoring the 22-year-old for several season now as his stock rises at the Portuguese Liga champions.

TalkSPORT claim Coentrão and his representatives have agreed a fee that will be accepted by Benfica should a club come in for the player, and it's reported that £25 million will be enough to take the player from the Estádio da Luz.

Liverpool were reportedly considering the player as a replacement for Paul Konchesky during the transfer window, but failed to bring the player to Anfield as Konchesky left for Nottingham Forest on loan.


Glen Johnson is currently filling in at the position for Liverpool, and doing an impressive job for Dalglish too. However, it's seen as a short-term fix and the club are expected to move for reinforcements at the end of the season.

New owners NESV have already shown that they are willing to invest in the club, and the manager has hinted that they will do so again in the summer. Coentrão is thought to be one of the targets, and Liverpool will have to spend big to fend off competition and secure the signing.

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