Manchester United close to signing €30m defender on loan

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Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao is close to joining Premier League champions Manchester United on loan, according to the Telegraph.

The 25-year-old, who joined Real Madrid in 2011 for €30m, almost joined the Red Devils on a season-long loan deal at the end of the summer transfer window; however, the move collapsed after Real Madrid failed to sign Guilherme Siqueira from Granada.

Coentrao, though, is reportedly keen to leave the Spanish giants after enduring a frustrating 2013 at the Bernabeu.

And the player's high-profile agent, Jorge Mendes, is determined to revive and complete the deal before the winter transfer window closes.

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti might be reluctant to allow the Portugal international to leave the club, but Coentrao is still expected to force the move.

United boss David Moyes is desperate to sign another left-back, with Patrice Evra approaching his 33rd birthday – and the end of his contract – and Alexander Buttner lacking the required quality to establish himself as a first-choice full-back at Old Trafford.

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