Man United offer Real Madrid close to €18m for Coentrao, player wants to move, deal not done [Diário de Notícias]

Manchester United are closing in on Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao, according to Diário de Notícias journalist Gonçalo Lopes.

Reports are widespread the agent Jorge Mendes has been meeting with Man United officials in the past few days, and while the deal-maker represents United players Anderson and Luis Nani, it is also known that the Portuguese businessman has Coentrao on his books.

Coentrao came within a whisker of moving to Old Trafford in the summer, with Record famously reporting that the left-back cried next to Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani as the trio stayed up watching TV on ransfer deadline day to see if the Portuguese international defender would move between their clubs from the Santiago Bernabeu to Old Trafford.

According to Gonçalo Lopes talks been United and Real are at an advanced stage this winter to make the deal happen now, however no deal has yet been reached.

Lopes reports that Manchester United have offered Real Madrid close to €18m, plus €3.5m to the player. Moreover, Coentrao is said to be gunning for the deal to happen.

The stumbling block is Real coach Carlo Ancelotti, who is said to fancy Coentrao over Marcelo as his number one pick at full-back.

Gonçalo Lopes’ tweets on the ongoing pursuit of Manchester United to land a left back this winter are below.