Manchester United turn attention to Coentrao instead of Baines

Fabio Coentrao of Real Madrid is reportedly being lined up as an alternative for Leighton Baines this summer.

Reports are emerging in Spain that Manchester United are interested in signing Fabio Coentrao from Real Madrid.

Manchester United look unlikely to secure the services of Leighton Baines from Everton, after the English International fullback confirmed he is happy to stay at Goodison Park, Spanish source Marca claim Coentrao is a possible other option.

The Spanish newspaper published yesterday morning that a transfer deal will be made available which is beneficial to the player, Manchester United and Real Madrid, with the slim chance the player will appear in England before the EPL transfer window closes at 23.00 hrs on Monday.

Coentrao has hardly featured in the Real Madrid side, Italian boss Carlo Ancelotti utilising over-lapping left back Marcelo. With the likely arrival of Gareth Bale at Real Madrid this will further inhibit Coantrao's first-team opportunities.

Marca go on to say; that Ancelotti does not see the player as having a major role to play with Real Madrid, but also admits that Coentrao wants to move away from the Bernabeu.

Manchester United will have to bid in the region of £18m to secure the services of the International left-back. The funds of any player sold will help offset the world breaking record fee, Madrid will pay Tottenham Hotspur for Gareth Bale.

It's worth noting Fabio Coentrao, has not been in sparkling form during the last eighteen months at the Bernabeu regardless of his quality and vast European experience.

He has also been linked with potentially heading to White Hart Lane as part of any deal for Gareth Bale this summer.

Is this a case of a foreign paper jumping the gun, and filling a vacancy that does not exist?

Surely more demanding areas of the United team need attention than left-back. With Patrice Evra having his best season for several years last campaign, Alexander Buttner also linked with Glasgow Celtic (now not possible due to the close of the Scottish transfer window) and Turkish side Besiktas, merely a youngster in the EPL, learning his trade at Manchester United.

Fabio da Silva while his season long loan at QPR was a not as beneficial as hoped for, the Brazilian is still thought of highly around the AON training headquarters.

But Coentrao does have utility man qualities - highlighting his positional dexterity in the past to play left-wing, holding midfield and even in an attacking midfield role.

Should Manchester United be investing in a another left-back- defender?

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