Manchester United & Chelsea facing Madrid fight for £25m defender

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Manchester United and Chelsea face competition from Spanish giants Real Madrid in the race to sign defender Alberto Moreno, according to reports.

El Mundo Deportivo claims Los Blancos have set their sights on the 21-year-old Sevilla star, who is earning rave reviews for his performances at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium.

Indeed, the youngster has already been recognised at senior international level, making his debut for Spain in a World Cup qualifier against Georgia earlier in the year.

Reports in Le 10 Sport claim Carlo Ancelotti wants to strengthen his Madrid side at left-back, potentially allowing Fabio Coentrao to push into midfield at the Santiago Bernabeu.

But, he’ll face a battle to land the player, with both the Red Devils and Blues eager to bring the player – who has a £25million minimum fee release clause in his contract – to England.

Manchester United have been linked with a number of left-backs after David Moyes replaced Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm of the Premier League champions.

However, the Scot failed to bring Leighton Baines to Old Trafford in the summer, whilst England youth international Luke Shaw has also been mooted as a possible target.

Moreno is another name in the Manchester United frame, which poses serious questions over the future of Patrice Evra at the club.

Chelsea, meanwhile, are another club with good left-backs already at their disposal.

Manager Jose Mourinho has regularly played Cesar Azpilicueta this season, leaving England stalwart Ashley Cole out of the Blues’ starting line-up at Stamford Bridge on a number of occasions.

That’s cast doubt over his future at the club, and if Cole does leave Chelsea, then the door might be open for an addition like Moreno.

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