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United close in on deal for Madrid star after exile in Spain

by Sam Peoples

Fabio Coentrao was close to joining Manchester United in the summer before a deal collapsed at the last minute but a revived move is on the cards in January.

The 25-year-old has been told he can leave Madrid according to reports and he hasn’t played a game for in the Spanish capital since November both through injuries and exclusion.

La Sexta believes that Coentrao wants to leave Madrid despite signing a new contract and when you look at his situation in Spain, there are plenty of reasons to support that view.

On and off the pitch, Coentrao is not rated highly in Madrid and in a World Cup year where he is expected to feature for Portugal, playing time is essential. He isn’t getting that game time he needs.

Also, from United’s perspective Coentrao would tick a lot of boxes as well not least for the fact that we need a left back.

He is eligible to play in the Champions League as he didn’t feature in the competition for Madrid, Moyes clearly admires him as he made a move back in September and his agent Jorge Mendes has dealt with United before with with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani and Anderson. At 25, he is four years younger than Baines so would be a better long term replacement for Patrice Evra.

Although Moyes has so far remained pessimistic about the chances of bringing new faces to the club in January, Coentrao is both available and a logical choice.

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