Fabio Coentrao is a name long-linked with a possible switch to Tottenham Hotspur. So it came as quite a shock when it was in fact Manchester United who attempted to sign the Real Madrid left-back on loan on transfer deadline day.
That move – like so many others at Old Trafford last summer – failed to materialise. But with the future of Patrice Evra still uncertain (although it shouldn’t be given his continuing good form) David Moyes may still require a new left-back for his next campaign.
That man has been heavily tipped to be Leighton Baines. But there a number of reasons why that may not happen, not least his importance to Everton and the Toffees’ outstanding form under Roberto Martinez.
So could Moyes return to Coentrao – this time in a permanent deal? Or could Tottenham finally get the man who for a long time was said to be their final piece of the jigsaw?
The latest news from Spain suggests one of the two clubs could do just that, with Real linked with Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno.
Spanish newspaper El Confidencial reports that Carlo Ancelotti remains unconvinced by Marcelo and is readying himself for Coentrao’s summer departure.
If Moreno does arrive, the Portuguese international’s fate at the Bernabeu will surely be secured. The only question will be whether one of his English suitors returns for him...
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