Portuguese international Fabio Coentrao has reportedly submitted a transfer request.
A large question mark has been raised regarding the future of Fabio Coentrao at Real Madrid, after Cadena SER informed that the Portuguese player has submitted a transfer request.
The Spanish radio network explained that Coentrao has asked to leave Real Madrid, due to having not competed for a single minute during any of the pre-season games, since the arrival of Rafa Benitez as manager. This leaves him doubtful he'll see any meaningful action, during the 2015-16 campaign.
As such, it is now believed the 27-year-old is keen to leave as soon as possible, as the clock ticks towards the end of the summer transfer window, leaving Real Madrid with a potential problem for cover at left-back.
Brazilian star Marcelo is currently the undisputed first-choice, but at a push, Arbeloa and Nacho have both been known to operate on the left, when Real Madrid have needed them to. The other alternative is to quickly sign a quality replacement for Coentrao, which may prove a difficult task.
Back in March and in an interview with Portuguese outlet O Jogo, Coentrao said he was 'honoured' at reported interest from Manchester United. Since then however, there have been no further genuine indications of interest from Old Trafford.
It will be interesting to see if Manchester United show any further interest at this point, given the 'cold war' ongoing with Real Madrid, with regards to the situation surrounding goalkeeper David de Gea. In principal though, the Spanish giants could be prepared to offload Coentrao for a cut-price fee.
Meanwhile in Italy, there have been copious reports for numerous weeks, suggesting Inter Milan were preparing to make a bid. Earlier this week though, a report from Gazzetta dello Sport claimed that won't be happening, with the player more likely to make a return to Portugal and Benfica.