Manchester United are set to miss out on defender target Fabio Coentrao, who is to complete a Real Madrid move later this week.
The Portuguese international has long been linked with a host of Barclays Premier League, with Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish thought to be an admirer of the Benfica left back.
However, it's Manchester United who have been coveting the player most strongly in England, according to talkSPORT, and the English champions were thought to be keen on bringing the player to Old Trafford this summer.
Spanish publication Marca now claims that Madrid have won the race to reach a £22 million agreement though, and that the move to La Liga will be confirmed before the weekend.
The news will come as a blow to Manchester United, who have been monitoring Coentrao's progress in Portugal since his rise through the ranks to become a regular with the Águias since 2009.
At 23-years-old, Coentrao is seen as a star of the future and already has 12 caps to his name. Manchester United were originally thought to be monitoring the player as a potential replacement for Patrice Evra, although the Frenchman now appears set to stay at the club under Sir Alex Ferguson.
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