With Patrice Evra's contract expiring this summer and the Frenchman looking to return to his homeland, United boss David Moyes has been forced to look at potential replacements at left back, and came close to signing Real Madrid's Fabio Coentrao on deadline day in September, only to see the deal fall through at the last minute.
The Portuguese international has been linked with a move to Old Trafford again recently, but with the deal stalling, it can be assumed that Coentrao won't be heading to Old Trafford. A number of other left backs have been linked with the club, including Alex Sandro of Porto, Luke Shaw of Southampton and, naturally, Moyes' left back at Everton, Leighton Baines.
But, over halfway through January, none of those deals look anywhere near close to completion, and Moyes has reportedly turned his attention to Sevilla starlet Alberto Moreno, who has been a mainstay for the Andalusians over the past 18 months, and his impressive displays have attracted the interest of United and Real Madrid. There were suggestions that either United would sign Moreno and Madrid would keep hold of Coentrao, or Madrid would land Moreno, freeing up Coentrao to move to Old Trafford.
However, it seems neither team counted on a third club entering the fray, as Serie A side Napoli – managed by Rafa Benitez, who brought a number of Spanish players to Liverpool and even his current club – were the club to have a bid of €12m (£10m) rejected for the 21-year-old full back.
But having sold stars such as Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Navas recently, Sevilla are believed to be reluctant to sell, as the vultures of Europe also eye up their Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic. With United sending a number of scouts to watch him play though, they could still be tempted to sell their star this month – if the offer is good enough.
Chelsea and Manchester City have also been linked with moves for Moreno, but it could take an offer of around £18m to pry the Spanish Under-21 international away from the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
As United baulked at Everton's £25m valuation of Leighton Baines, it will be interesting to see whether United match their asking price, or try to sweeten the deal by sending a replacement to Spain in either Fabio or Alexander Buttner.
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