Rumours have been circulating this weekend over the future of the Tottenham Hotspur left-back spot. There is a new name in the mix.
Forgive us for sounding sceptical, but we don't quite believe it.
Regardless of any 'partnership agreement' between Spurs and Madrid, the likelihood of Coentrao wanting the leave the Spanish capital is unlikely, having made 25 appearances this season for Jose Mourinho's side.
The fresh name being put forward is a name who is familiar to Andre Villas-Boas; Alvaro Pereira.
The Uruguayan full-back was part of AVB's successful treble-winning Porto side, and made an £8.8 million switch to Inter Milan last summer.
If Benoit Assou-Ekotto is sold, as is being suggested by the Mirror with Monaco interested, Pereira is another likely option.
The reports originate in Italy via Calciomercato, and have been backed by Portuguese newspaper A Bola.
Pereira is two years older than Coentrao at 27-years-old, but comes also with considerable experience and a winning mentality from his time in Porto with AVB.
He was part of the Inter side who clashed with Spurs in the Europa League last month, playing in the 3-0 defeat at White Hart Lane but did not feature in the return at the San Siro.
He has made 25 starts and seven substitute appearances for Inter so far this season, scoring three goals and providing seven assists.
Having just made a move to Inter he may be reluctant to up sticks so soon, but with Inter unlikely to secure Champions League football next season, if Tottenham can secure a top four finish then the prospect of that coupled with being re-united with AVB could be tough for him to resist.
If Spurs can offer Inter around £10 million it will allow the Italians to turn a slight profit on the player, while not themselves spending over the odds, with what will largely be a fee paid for through any Assou-Ekotto transfer fee.
What do you think, would Pereira be a good signing for Spurs? Better value than Coentrao?
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