Escalating reports in the British press linking Fabio Coentrao with a temporary switch to Manchester United appeared to add credence to a likely story, particularly when considering how close the deal came to fruition at the end of the summer transfer window yet was shelved due to a failure to complete deadline day paperwork in time.
The Sunday Telegraph ran a headline yesterday claiming: 'United deal for Coentrao is on' with the body copy detailing the role prominent football agent Jorge Mendes has had on the transfer, yet ominously underlined the need for the player's club, Real Madrid, to green-light the switch.
That may ultimately be the scuppering point.
La Liga expert Guillem Balague was swift to mention on social media that the reports claiming there is already a deal for Coentrao to join David Moyes' roster at Old Trafford are 'not true'.
It is not true Coentrao has got a deal with Manchester United. More tomorrow— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) January 12, 2014
United's pursuit of a left back has been ongoing for a number of windows and has seen the club linked with moves for Everton star Leighton Baines and burgeoning Southampton defender Luke Shaw.
Currently, the position is filled by Patrice Evra, whose contract expires in the summer, and is deputised by Alexander Buttner.
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