This is according to the Express, who understand that United boss Louis van Gaal is keen to bring the full-back to Old Trafford to provide £27 million summer signing Luke Shaw with additional competition.
The report adds that United will offer the 26-year-old a long-term contract and first-team football in order to prevent him signing for either Juventus or Paris Saint-Germain, who are both interested in the former Benfica ace.
Roma keen on Coentrao
AS Roma are also keen on Coentrao, and have identified the left-back as a potential replacement for Ashley Cole, who Rudi Garcia is keen to sell following a difficult start to his spell at the Stadio Olimpico.
Manchester United have recently been linked with a shock move for ex-Chelsea star Cole, 33, but it now seems that Van Gaal would prefer to sign the younger and more dynamic Coentrao instead.
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Coentrao behind Marcelo
It was Jose Mourinho who brought Coentrao to Real Madrid in June 2011. The player signed a six-year deal in a transfer worth a staggering €30 million, but he has failed to establish himself as the team’s first-choice left-back.
Brazil international Marcelo, also 26, is the undisputed first-choice left-back of Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti - and so far this season he has been one of the European champions’ best players.
Nevertheless, Ancelotti is reportedly prepared to step up his interest in Bayern Munich ace David Alaba, who has been head-hunted as an ideal replacement for Coentrao.
The 22-year-old is widely considered one of the world’s best left-backs, and Real Madrid are keen to add the Austria international to their star-studded squad in 2015.
What next for Shaw?
Should Coentrao, who came close to signing for Manchester United in the summer of 2013, sign for the Red Devils then questions would surely be asked about the big-money signing of Shaw.
The England international has enjoyed a reasonable start to his Old Trafford career, but is still finding his feet with his new club after leaving Southampton in the summer.
Shaw is regarded by many as a player with the potential to become the best left-back in Europe, but his development could be hindered with Coentrao breathing down his neck for that first-team place.