More transfer despair for Moyes as Juventus eye up €12m United target

Fabio Coentrao

Manchester United boss David Moyes has been dealt yet another blow as Juventus line up a bid for Real Madrid full back Fabio Coentrao.

The former Everton manager is reflecting on another disastrous defeat today, as his Manchester United slipped to an embarrassing 2-0 defeat to Greek side Olympiacos in the Champions League. Goals from Alejandro Dominguez and Joel Campbell condemned United to defeat, and Moyes' men have it all to do in the second leg.

The pressure is mounting on Moyes, with a top four finish looking almost impossible at this stage, and it seems the only solution – other than sacking the beleaguered boss – is to spend heavily in the summer, which has been suggested throughout the season.

But one of his targets could be on the move elsewhere, as Serie A champions Juventus are reportedly making a swoop for Real Madrid left back Fabio Coentrao.

Portuguese media source A Bola believes that the Turin giants are looking to steal a march on United by bringing the former Benfica man to the club, with Antonio Conte looking to strengthen his squad after a disappointing Champions League campaign that saw them dumped out in the group stage despite the additions of Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente.

A €12m bid is reportedly on the table from Juventus, who see Coentrao as the ideal fit for their 3-5-2 system, as the 26-year-old has played every position down the left hand side during his career, and that versatility is what has made Conte so willing to bring him to the club.

Should Juve manage to close a deal for Coentrao, it will serve as a huge blow for Moyes, who had been linked with the Portuguese international left back in both the summer and winter transfer windows. Coentrao was seen as the perfect replacement for Patrice Evra, with the Frenchman set for the Old Trafford exit this summer, but missing out on another top target will just serve to frustrate Moyes even more, having failed to land Spaniards Thiago, Cesc Fabregas and Ander Herrera last summer.

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