Fabio Coentrao Transfer Rumours: Latest News on the Real Madrid Star

Tre' Atkinson@@TreAtkinsonFeatured ColumnistJanuary 20, 2014

Fabio Coentrao Transfer Rumours: Latest News on the Real Madrid Star

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    The future of Fabio Coentrao has been among the most discussed issues during this month's transfer window.

    The Real Madrid left-back has barely played this season after nearly making a move away from the club in the summer, but remains at the Santiago Bernabeu for now.

    In any case, with his time at the Spanish club seemingly coming to a close, it may be best for both parties to part ways as quickly as possible.

    In this transfer rumor tracker, we will keep you up to date with all the latest and breaking news regarding Fabio Coentrao, so check back regularly to see what is going on for the Portuguese international! 

Real Madrid May Be Asking Too Much

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    Manchester United have long been considered the front-runners to sign Fabio Coentrao after missing out last summer, and rumors have been swirling for a while that they could finally be able to purchase the Real Madrid man this month.

    However, it looks as though they may have hit a snag in their plans.

    According to Gary Jones of the Daily Star, Real Madrid may be asking far too much for their unwanted left-back. The report claims that Manchester United have been willing to offer £14 million, while Real Madrid have set an asking price of £20 million.

    With the price set so high, the English club could be ready to walk away, but Real Madrid will surely want to get back as much as they can for Coentrao. 

Coentrao's Replacement Could Be on the Way

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    It seems as though Real Madrid have already singled out Coentrao's replacement, which could allow the Portugal left-back to leave very soon.

    According to a recent report from AS (h/t Inside Spanish Football), Real Madrid have already identified Sevila left-back Alberto Moreno as the perfect replacement for Coentrao. However, it is believed that Real Madrid will not bid for the 21-year-old until the summer, meaning Coentrao is unlikely to leave right now.

    The report claims that Moreno has a €30 million buy-out, but Sevilla are currently requesting only €18 million for the talented young defender. Due to his age and price, it really is an easy decision to make for Real Madrid.