After two failed attempts to sign Fabio Coentrao over the last two years, now could be the time Manchester United are closer than ever, to finally getting Fabio Coentrao.
According to Marca, who see an eventual deal being agreed for David De Gea, as practically a foregone conclusion, one of the main sticking points remaining is a reported asking price of €40 million, set by Manchester United.
They believe that in order to reduce that asking price, Portuguese international Coentrao will be offered to the Red Devils, as a sweetener, towards finally clinching a deal for the Spanish goalkeeper.
However, there appears to be difficulty when it comes to setting a value for Coentrao, and how much his exchange would be offset, against any cash outlay Real Madrid offer Manchester United for De Gea.
It is believed that Real Madrid are keen to recoup as much as possible, for the player they signed from Benfica in 2011, paying the Portuguese giants a whopping fee of €30 million.
That said, the management at Real Madrid are apparently conscious this will be difficult, with his current and more realistic valuation, being around the €15 million mark at best, in today's market.
Another factor that both clubs will be conscious of, within any negotiations, is that whilst the 27-year-old remains a quality player, he has struggled considerably with fitness and form, and to dislodge Marcelo from the left-back slot at the Bernabeu.
Coentrao has only made 5 starts in La Liga, plus 4 in the Champions League, one outing in the Copa del Rey, an one in the UEFA Super Cup. Numbers that would certainly detract from any high valuation.
One factor which will undoubtedly play an important part of talks, is the involvement of Portuguese super-agent, Jorge Mendes, who represents both players.
He remains keen to resolve the situation of Coentrao at Real Madrid, by assisting the player secure a move elsewhere, whilst also having indicated to Manchester United that his client is both willing, and available.
Interestingly, following comments from Coentrao two months ago, stating that he would welcome a move to Old Trafford, reports quickly emerged claiming that the Red Devils have absolutely no interest, feeling that he wouldn't dislodge Luke Shaw from the side.