After a hugely impressive display at last summer’s World Cup, Portuguese defender Fabio Coentrao has become one of the hottest properties around, and Europe’s most wanted left-back. Although the 22-year-old has expressed his desire to remain with current club Benfica for the foreseeable future, several top European sides are still beg linked with a big-money bid.
Liverpool have joined Coentrao’s growing list of suitors, and are believed to be lining up a bid of around £16m, to be completed before the January transfer window closes. Although the club are yet to make any signings under new manager Kenny Dalglish, the boss has already made his mark on the coaching staff with the addition of Steve Clarke, and will now turn his attention to his squad.
The left side of Liverpool’s defence is an area which Dalglish is keen address; Fabio Aurelio was at left-back at Old Trafford on Sunday, however there are concerns that the player is simply too injury-prone to occupy the position permanently. As for much-maligned left-back, Paul Konchesky, Dalglish would be wise to steer clear of a player who has come to personify the failures of the Roy Hodgson era.
So, Kenny will ask NESV to back him in his bid for Coentrao; however, they’ll need to move fast to be sure of getting their man, as Liverpool’s interest has alerted Premiership rivals Chelsea and Manchester United.
Chelsea see Coentrao as the long-term replacement for Ashley Cole, and United are keen to sign Coentrao amid fears they may lose Patrice Evra to Real Madrid next summer.
Interest from these clubs will drive Coentrao’s price-tag up considerably, and Liverpool will have to move quickly or risk being priced out of a move for their man.