After failing with a last-minute effort to sign Fabio Coentrao on deadline day, David Moyes is already plotting a swoop for the Real Madrid left-back when the January transfer window opens. According to the Metro, United came ‘close’ to landing the want-away 25-year old, but the Spanish side couldn’t complete a deal for a replacement in time.
David Moyes remains keen to bring in some real competition for Patrice Evra at left-back, and Coentrao’s versatility means he’ll also add another body into the problematic midfield area. Leighton Baines was obviously a key target for David Moyes, but with reports suggesting that Baines is looking likely to sign a new deal on Merseyside, the 50-year old Scot has had to look at other options.
It is unsure as to whether the deal for Coentrao will be a loan or permanent signing, but for me it’d make sense to sign him outright and tie him down to a long-term contract as he approaches the peak of his career.
Fabio Coentrao has featured just once for Real Madrid, after picking up a thigh injury whilst playing for his native Portugal.