Manchester United target tells team mates - "I'm joining Real Madrid"

Real Madrid Bernabeu

Sevilla left back Alberto Moreno has reportedly told team mates that he will be moving to Real Madrid in the summer, rather than join Manchester United.

The 21-year-old Spanish international has been one of Sevilla's stars since he broke into the side in 2012, and has established himself as arguably the finest young left back in European football.

That emergence has attracted the interest of a number of teams in recent times, including Napoli and Premier League rivals Manchester United and Liverpool, but a new report from AS suggests that Moreno has already told some of his Sevilla team mates that he will be leaving Andalusia in the summer for a move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Moreno has a €30m release clause in his Sevilla contract, but as seen by the recent sales of Alvaro Negredo, Jesus Navas and Gary Medel, Unai emery's side are strapped for cash and will allegedly listen to offers in the region if $15m to $18m - which may be seen as something of a bargain for Real Madrid, who are always on the lookout for Spanish talent within La Liga following the captures of Asier Illarramendi and Isco last summer.

The situation could still play out well for Manchester United, who will no doubt be disappointed that Moreno looks set to join Carlo Ancelotti's side. Experienced left back Patrice Evra is seemingly set to leave the club this summer, and Moreno had been seen as the long-term successor to the Frenchman.

But United could still find their replacement for Evra, as Moreno's proposed arrival in the Spanish capital will surely lead to the departure of Portuguese defender Fabio Coentrao, who has been a target for United boss David Moyes both last summer and in the January transfer window.

 

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