While the English media continue to be fixated on whether United will make another bid for Everton’s Leighton Baines, reports out of Spain suggest that Real Madrid’s Fabio Coentrao will be back on the market in January.
United came very close to signing Coentrao in the summer, but United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward could not get the deal done in time. That should not be the case now. United officials were rumored to be in Madrid over the weekend, but whether they were at the Santiago Bernabéu to discuss a deal for Coentrao or at the Vicente Calderón to discuss a deal for Diego Costa or Koke.
The only potential issue with a deal for the 25-year-old Coentrao is that he has been out of action since mid-November with a hamstring injury, but he is back in training with Real Madrid so he should pass United’s physical.
From all accounts in Spain, Coentrao is available either on a six-month loan or a permanent deal.
With Everton dragging their feet on any potential deal for Baines, Coentrao might be a better alternative. He is four years younger than the England left back and arranging a permanent deal with Real Madrid should be less contenscious than getting a deal with Everton.
Who do you think would be the better signing for Man United? Leigton Baines or Fabio Coentrao?