AC Milan must move for Fabio Coentrao

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AC Milan must ensure they win the race for Real Madrid and Portugal left-back Fabio Coentrao.

The 26-year-old has struggled to oust Marcelo from the starting 11 of the Spanish giants under the stewardship of Carlo Ancelotti, and may leave the capital in order to secure first team football elsewhere.

And despite Premier League duo Manchester United and Arsenal being keen, Filippo Inzaghi must move for the former Benfica ace if he is to build a squad capable of securing Champions League football this term.

Coentrao was brought to the club by Jose Mourinho in the summer of 2011, and overcame a difficult start to life at the Santiago Bernabeu to become a regular fixture in the side under the Portuguese maverick.

He made 33 appearances in all competitions during his maiden season at Los Blancos, and helped them end the dominance of Pep Guardiola’s mesmerising Barcelona to win the league title for the first time since 2008.

However as Mourinho’s tenure increased in turbulence and controversy the Spanish giants’ form suffered as a direct result, and upon relinquishing the crown to their fierce rivals also tasted defeat in the Copa Del Ray final to Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid.

The Portuguese was the subject of a shock move by David Moyes’ Manchester United on the last day of last summer’s transfer window, but opted to remain in Spain to fight for his place and has since proceeded to taste glory in the Champions League last term.

Milan mission

Inzaghi recruited the likes of Jeremy Menez, Diego Lopez and Fernando Torres back in the summer and is aiming to restore the club to their position as one of the best sides in Europe after last year’s misery under Massimilano Allegri and Clarence Seedorf.

They are currently seventh in the table but just two points adrift of Lazio, who will be third in the league table by the time the New Year ticks around.

Keeping clean sheets and defending has been the club’s biggest banana skin so far, with their 18 goals conceded the same amount as runaway pair Juventus and Roma combined.

Moving for Chelsea’s out-of-favour stalwart Petr Cech would also be another step in the right direction, whilst speculation continues to persist with the club landing Alessio Cerci by sending Torres back to Diego Simeone’s side.

Coveted Coentrao

When selected, Coentrao is one of the most consistent full-backs in the world and could be a brilliant acquisition by Inzaghi if he can persuade him to depart to the San Siro.

United are keen to move for him as a deputy for Luke Shaw, whilst Arsene Wenger may attempt to bring him to the Emirates Stadium to fill in for injury-prone duo Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal.

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