Real Madrid boss pushes United and Liverpool linked star towards exit door

Fabio Coentrao

Out of favour Real Madrid ace Fabio Coentrao has been linked with a move to Manchester United and Liverpool.

Manchester United and Liverpool are both in the market for a new left-back this summer, and Real Madrid star Fabio Coentrao provides both with an excellent option.

The Portuguese international has long been rumoured with a move away from the Spanish capital, with Manchester United named as a possible destination last summer and during the January transfer window.

The 26-year-old has struggled for opportunities at Real Madrid this season, primarily as a result of Carlo Ancelotti preferring Brazilian left-back Marcelo, but niggling injuries certainly haven't helped his cause.

Fabio Coentrao has started just six La Liga games all season, and despite being available throughout 2014, he has regularly been overlooked.

This weekend, Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti gave away his biggest hint that Coentrao is surplus to requirements at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Los Blancos headed to Basque to face Real Sociedad with a number of key players unavailable, including left-back Marcelo. With Fabio Coentrao expected to make a long-awaited first-team start in La Liga, Ancelotti instead opted for 24-year-old utility player Nacho at left-back as Real Madrid ran out 4-0 winners.

Despite Fabio Coentrao having a contract until 2017, The Mirror report that the Manchester United and Liverpool target’s asking price has been dropped by more than £3m in a bid to entice the duo.

The Premier League rivals are both on the lookout for a new left-back and Coentrao certainly fits the bill. However, if they are serious in their intentions, the duo will have to move quick as Manchester City and Monaco are also reportedly interested in the player.

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