According to reports Manchester United, Napoli and AC Milan have all made requests this month over the availability of Portuguese international and Real Madrid fullback Fabio Coentrao.
The Red Devils failed with a late bid to sign the 25-year-old left-back in the summer on deadline day after numerous attempts to sign Everton and England left-back Leighton Baines from David Moyes’ former club.
Now it appears United will suffer much the same fate this deadline day as former Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti who has not been able to sign a replacement as he had hoped for the defender, meaning he is ‘likely’ to keep Coentrao on the books at the Bernabeu for the remainder of the season.
This could scupper the hopes, not only of United who had hoped to sign him, but the player’s hopes of making the World Cup finals this summer alongside his national team colleague and former United No.7 Cristiano Ronaldo.
Coentrao has been granted just four starts by Ancelotti in the Spanish capital this term but, despite his unwillingness to play the player as often as he’d like, he also appears unwilling to let his play anywhere else.
United may yet have another option to pursue on deadline day – the Red Devils have been heavily linked with a move for England youngster Luke Shaw at Southampton.
However, reports in the Independent claim the 18-year-old would ‘prefer’ a move to Chelsea this summer, despite David Moyes’ offer of £22 million to the Saints to seal a deal this month.
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