Transfer deadline day is like your birthday once you get past 21 – all the excitement is in the anticipation, leaving the day itself as a huge anti-climax.
Such was the case for Manchester United fans back in September, when all those on-location reports and the ringing of Guillem Balague’s mobile were pre-cursors to nothing more than the damp squib of Marouane Fellaini’s delayed and underwhelming arrival.
United did almost pull off a last-minute surprise – a loan move for Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao. But in the end even that fell through when the Spanish club lost out on his potential replacement, Guilherme Siqueira, who had already moved to Benfica.
It was a left-field move from David Moyes because of all the Premier League clubs, Tottenham Hotspur had seemed the most likely destination for Coentrao.
Spurs had long been linked with a move for the left-back because that was arguably the one position they still needed to strengthen. And yet in the end – despite reports the Portuguese international would head to White Hart Lane as part of Gareth Bale’s transfer – it was United who made the move; even if it turned out to be a failed one.
Reports earlier this month claimed that both United and Tottenham would try again in January, going head-to-head for the 25-year-old. But the latest news from Spain suggests they should not bother.
Spanish newspaper AS has reported that Coentrao has agreed a contract extension until 2018.
His contract did initially expire in 2017, but the report claims that has been extended although there is no improvement in his current wage.
What that means for his long-term future remains to be seen. He did, after all, appear keen to leave the Bernabeu earlier this year. But it appears both United and Tottenham will have to look elsewhere for a solution to their problems at left-back.
Leighton Baines suddenly appears an even more enticing possibility.
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