Manchester United have reignited their interest in signing Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao.
The Reds were on the verge of landing the Portuguese international two seasons ago and, according to AS, will try to sign him this summer after an administrative error blocked the deal last time around.
At the time, Coentrao was heading to Old Trafford on loan with the Premier League giants retaining an option to buy, while United now see the 27-year-old as the solution to their problematic left-back position, despite having signed Luke Shaw from Southampton before the start of the 2014-15 campaign.
Coentrao joined Madrid from Benfica in summer 2013 but has since failed to hold down a regular starting role at the Santiago Bernabeu, although he has featured in some of the club’s more important games in recent times.
The players’ initial contract with Los Blancos lasted until 2017 but in November 2013 he signed a new deal, extending it by a year and increasing his salary, before surprisingly penning a new agreement last year which ties him to the club until June 2019.
These renewals took place after the departure of Jose Mourinho, with whom Coentrao’s relationship had deteriorated after he turned up late for training following New Year’s Eve.