Real Madrid left back Fabio Coentrao is attracting lot of interest from Serie A as both AC Milan and Juventus are ready to
fight for his signature.
Italian sports daily Tuttosport has revealed today that Juventus and AC Milan will be able to purchase Coentrao for reduced fee of €12 million, but will face competition from English giants Manchester United for his signature.
The 25 year old Portuguese has been on the fringes of Carlo Ancelotti’s team all season, and is widely expected to leave the Bernabeu when the transfer window reopens in June.
New Milan boss Clarence Seedorf spoke to higher-ups at the club to request a left-back. Clarence Seedorf, who won the Champions League twice with the Nezzarossi during his 10 years at the club, asked senior officials to purchase reinforcements to salvage a difficult season. Milan currently sit in seventh place and a whopping 28 points behind Serie A leaders Juventus.
Several news outlets reported that at Seedorf’s request for a left-back, Milan official Adriano Galliani contacted Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, who himself spent eight successful years with the Italian giants.
And like AC Milan, Juventus are tracking Real Madrid full-back Fabio Coentrao, and reports suggest that the Bianconeri could well land the defender.
The Portugal international has been a perennial substitute for Los Blancos this term, and has been linked with a switch away for six months now. Tuttosport claim that Antonio Conte’s side will go in for Coentra oover the summer, and are likely to capture his signature.
Coentrao seems to want away from the Bernabeu with hopes for more first-team football. He has made a handful of appearances in the 2013-14 season, including only four in La Liga, and he continues to play backup to Marcelo.
If Coentrao really is moving to Italy, it will be a big blow to Manchester United boss David Moyes. Turin giants are confident to steal a march on United by bringing the former Benfica man to the club, with Antonio Conte looking to strengthen his squad after a disappointing Champions League campaign that saw them dumped out in the group stage despite the additions of Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente.
Despite a growing list of suitors, Ancelotti reportedly does not want Coentrao to leave. Los Blancos often keep two quality players at each position, and the Italian coach seems to share this philosophy. While Alvaro Arbeloa and Nacho Fernandez could shift over to the left, neither have Coentrao’s quality at that position.
If Coentrao remains with Madrid, it will be important for him to break into the first team ahead of this summer’s World Cup. He played an important role in qualification with Portugal, and they will be eager to have him at his best in Brazil.