Real Madrid duo Fabio Coentrao and Kaka have emerged as transfer targets for Chelsea, AC Milan and Manchester City.
Coentrao was only signed by Madrid in the summer from Benfica for a huge fee of around €30 million, but the Portuguese international has struggled to settle into life at the Bernabeu and he has failed to so far impress the Madrid faithful.
The 23 year-old has also received some heavy criticism from the Madrid-based press this season after a couple of below-par performances. This has alerted some of Europe’s top clubs who haven’t been put off by Coentrao’s stuttering start at Real Madrid.
However, despite Coentrao’s struggles, Real Madrid Coach Jose Mourinho is still a big admirer of the left-back and he will be reluctant to sell his fellow countryman after spending such a large sum of money on him.
But if the Madrid hierarchy decide to cash in on Coentrao, Mourinho will be powerless to stop the sale. It will be most likely that Madrid will keep him until the end of the season, in order to give him a chance to prove himself at the club.
Despite returning to something close to his best this season, Real Madrid are still open to offers for Brazilian playmaker Kaka. He is now in his third season at the club and he’s currently enjoying his best run of form at the club after a series of injuries hampered his progress in previous seasons.
Kaka has enjoyed a sustained run in the team in this campaign, making 14 appearances in all competitions, scoring 4 goals. But Real Madrid know that at 29, Kaka’s best years are firmly behind him and his fitness problems do not make him an asset in the side anymore.
The Madrid board would love to try and recoup some of the whopping €65 million they paid AC Milan to sign him in 2009. Despite his injury problems, Chelsea have always been keen on signing Kaka and they must now see this as a genuine opportunity to finally bring the Brazilian to Stamford Bridge.