The 21-year-old has been a long term target of Madrid and in a move that will also see Denis Cheryshev go to Sevilla, the deal is set to be finalised this week.
Moreno’s imminent arrival would mean that Coentrao’s protracted move to United can be completed as Carlo Ancelotti’s side would not be left without a replacement for first choice left back Marcelo, something which is believed to have been a reason behind the delay in his move to Old Trafford this January.
At the end of the summer, United launched a deadline day bid for Coentrao and it all looked set to be completed but Madrid pulled out at the last moment because they were unable to sign a replacement.
However, the circumstances this time around look far stronger for United. Coentrao was sent off this week in his first appearance to put question marks over his future in Madrid and Moreno’s arrival means that Ancelotti could afford to let him leave.
Neo FM do suggest that a deal for Coentrao is likely to be concluded in the summer but given that he is taking part in the World Cup, Coentrao will want as much game time as possible. Also, it would seem strange for Madrid to spend so much on another left back if Coentrao was not going to leave.
The terms of any Coentrao deal are still unknown. He could join on a loan deal for the rest of the season with a view to a permanent deal next summer or Madrid may wish to sell in January. Given that they would spend a reported €21 million on Moreno, it suggests that Coentrao does not have a future back in Madrid so a permanent deal might be more suitable.
An experienced international, Coentrao’s arrival would be a real boost for United this season as it would give David Moyes a genuine alternative to Patrice Evra he could rely on and as he can play left/central midfield as well, his versatility would give Moyes some real options.