Liverpool Agree £25m Deal For Portuguese Star

By on May 25, 2011

According to reports in Correio da Manha, Premier League giants Liverpool have agreed a fee of £25m for Benfica left back Fabio Coentrao.

Kenny Dalgish is set to move for the 23-year old full back who has been linked with a string of high profile clubs across Europe, including Premiership rivals Chelsea and Man City.

Liverpool have made a left back their top priority in the summer and have been linked with Everton’s Leighton Baines, Arsenal’s Gael Clichy and Newcastle’s Jose Enrique in recent months.

However, it looks like we’ve now set our sights on Coentrao with the Portuguese international now being tipped to make a big money move to Anfield this summer.

The bookmakers don’t seem to have caught up with this story yet as they are still offering lengthy odds of 12/1 Coentrao will end up at Liverpool. Those are excellent odds, especially if these reports are accurate, but you can get even better odds by using a Bet365 bonus code before placing your bet.

Nothing has been confirmed by the club as yet, but this rumour is developing quickly, so watch this space!

UPDATE: As pointed out in the comments section, sources are now claiming a deal is in place with Real Madrid for Coentrao. It seems the rumour of a move to Liverpool originated from an old article on Correio de Manha, seen here.

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49 Comments

  1. Ben

    May 25, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Yesterday he had signed for Real Madrid according to half the internet!! I like this rumour much better though!!!!!!

  2. Bomber25

    May 25, 2011 at 9:39 am

    I hope this story is true.

  3. Dolmeister general

    May 25, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Went to correia de manha website. There is one report about contreao going to Madrid. Nothing about the mighty reds. Anyone else see the link or just false hope?

  4. craig jones

    May 25, 2011 at 9:48 am

    i really hope this is true he would be immense !!

  5. blfc

    May 25, 2011 at 9:55 am

    http://www.cmjornal.xl.pt/detalhe/noticias/sport/benfica/liverpool-da-22-milhoes click the three red dots at the bottom of the paragraph and it will take you there.

  6. williams s. etete

    May 25, 2011 at 9:59 am

    where does this story comes from yesterday i read from lfc website that coentrao has sign for real madrid and today again i read from the same website that lfc have agreed 25mill.pounds for coentrao service,pls tell which one is the truth among this two real madrid and lfc.

  7. chambers

    May 25, 2011 at 9:59 am

    “Watch this space”?? You must be desperate
    .

  8. zman

    May 25, 2011 at 10:04 am

    This story is rubbish as he has signed for Real Madrid and will be presented to the media on the 22 June .

    • hato

      May 25, 2011 at 10:10 am

      Your story is rubbish, he’s on his way to Anfield, a bid has been accepted.

      • zman

        May 25, 2011 at 11:39 am

        What reliable source are you refering to??

      • Ben

        May 25, 2011 at 12:36 pm

        Sorry, the story on the Correia de Manha site from today says he’s going to be a Real Madrid player. No mention of Liverpool. The news that he’s going to Liverpool must be a hoax.

  9. suarez

    May 25, 2011 at 10:42 am

    hey i want to know if it is true because yesterday he signed for real madrid and today liverpool but as an liv fan i hope he comes to liverpool and then sign turan and adam so we can play 4-2-3-1 defence:carra agger johnson and coentrao mid:lucas and marveax , gerrrard suarez and turan or mata and carroll in centre forward

  10. suarez

    May 25, 2011 at 10:43 am

    gerrard or adam

  11. Alex

    May 25, 2011 at 10:45 am

    it never said he had SIGNED just that a fee had been agreed, so it could be that liverpool thought if that what we need to bid then we will too. but im not sure if i believe the story untill i see it on lfc.tv

  12. Alex

    May 25, 2011 at 10:49 am

    by that i mean on the news part not the rumours part, or something coming from a liverpool official.

  13. rascal

    May 25, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Not having it at all, he’ll go to a club playing champions league and willing to pay him stupid money, for now Liverpool need to keep their targets realsitic, which i’m sure behind the scenes they are.

    • Jay

      May 25, 2011 at 3:27 pm

      Smartest Liverpool fan I have ever listened to, REALISTIC PEOPLE, Enrique, Cahill, Adam, N’Zogbia, Defoe and we will be fine

      • Jacques

        May 25, 2011 at 4:59 pm

        I’m all for being realistic but DEFOE!?!? 4 league goals in a season DEFOE?!? Christ, he could really give Davey N’gog a run for his money like that couldn’t he. He’s pushing 29 and would cost at least £6mil, probably more, on account of being English. Okay for other clubs but not for us. Doesn’t make sense to spend so much on an older player with little resale value who would be third choice (maybe fourth after Dirk if we buy a right-mid).

        I could name ten better targets in Britain than him for up front:

        1. Doyle
        2. Hooper
        3. Long
        4. Maynard
        5. Fletcher
        6. Bothroyd
        7. Sinclair
        8. Goodwillie

        and

        9. Pacheco
        10. Any of Morgan, Ngoo…anyone really.

        They should all leave money to be spent elsewhere and be pretty cheap. They also all have room to grow (even Bothroyd as he has matured late in his career).

  14. rascal

    May 25, 2011 at 11:23 am

    I’ll ask my mate Meffin, he’ll know the score, if not Craig can ask Joe Cole if he knows anything.

  15. Voland

    May 25, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    22 Maio 2011 – 22h45
    Benfica – Acordo deve ser anunciado nos próximos dias
    Coentrão: Lateral vai ser do Real Madrid

    Águias recebem 25 milhões de euros mais uma verba por objectivos que pode chegar aos cinco milhões. Vieira no mercado à procura do sucessor.

    Fábio Coentrão será jogador do Real Madrid. O acordo entre águias e merengues, ao que o CM apurou, foi alcançado ainda antes do Benfica-União de Leiria (3-3), último jogo da Liga. Na altura, o lateral despediu-se da Luz e disse: “Vou apresentar-me no dia 22 de Junho”, quando questionado no final do encontro sobre qual seria o seu futuro. Mas essa deverá ser a data para a despedida do internacional português de 23 anos do clube onde alinhou nas últimas quatro épocas (esteve um ano e meio emprestado ao Saragoça, ao Nacional e também ao Rio Ave).

    O Benfica deve encaixar no negócio um valor na ordem dos 25 milhões de euros no imediato, uma verba que pode subir até aos 30 milhões (montante por objectivos).

    A direcção de Florentino Perez colocou em cima da mesa o central argentino Garay para fazer baixar o preço de Coentrão, opção que Luís Filipe Vieira recusou. Aliás, o presidente encarnado sempre fez saber que o jogador só sairia pelo valor da cláusula de rescisão (30 milhões).

    O atleta só deverá ser apresentado como reforço merengue depois do jogo da selecção nacional diante da Noruega (4 de Junho).

    O Benfica está no terreno para reforçar a lateral-esquerda. Depois de gorada a contratação do nigeriano Taiwo (assinou pelo Milan), o nome do argentino Ansaldi tem sido apontado como possível reforço encarnado, mas os dez milhões pedidos pelos russos do Rubin fazem esfriar o interesse. A opção pode passar pelo espanhol Canella (Gijón).

    JÚLIO CÉSAR EMPRESTADO

    O guarda-redes brasileiro Júlio César deverá ser cedido a um clube da Liga na próxima temporada.

    A entrada de Artur Moraes (contratado por quatro anos) deve ditar a saída do guardião escolhido por

    Jesus para ser suplente do contestado Roberto em 2010/11. Assim, na próxima época existe grande incerteza quanto ao terceiro guarda-redes, já que Moreira tem lugar praticamente definido na equipa. O espanhol, jogador muito acarinhado por Jorge Jesus (técnico já garantiu que quer ficar com o guarda-redes, que custou 8,5 milhões), ainda tem possibilidades de ficar. Mas caso Roberto não fique, e partindo do pressuposto de que Artur será o titular, o esloveno Oblak (cedido na última época ao Beira-Mar e Olhanense) poderá integrar o grupo às ordens de Jesus. Nos últimos dias, contudo, tem sido avançada a possibilidade de o Benfica contratar o belga Courtois (Genk).

    António Pereira/Filipe António Ferreira

  16. warawat

    May 25, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    I hope this story is true.

  17. Steven

    May 25, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Yesterday it was Madrid, today its Liverpool!

  18. nexus9

    May 25, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    i think its 50-50 because madrid have marcelo as #1 choice and many portuguese player…but at liverpool he is guarenteed
    as first choice lb and he does not want to sit on the bench..in some days or week we will see

  19. Umar216

    May 25, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    has young agreed a deal with man u??

  20. messi

    May 25, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    this news is absolutely false the dude has already completed a move to real madrid. So i can reassure that the benfica left-back fabio coentrao is now a real madrid player. Ashley young is also on his way to join our archrivals man u. Hazard ain’t comin’ to anfield no more. Aquilani leavin’ at last. But lets be realistic..if liverpoolfc fails to sign world class players this summer, i’m afraid to say we won’t make it to europe next season for d second straight season not to even talk of winning d league title. Guess we r declining 4 now!

  21. Jay

    May 25, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    He would never go to Liverpool

    And he is over rated anyway

  22. Rory

    May 25, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    HAHAHA what a joke!!! he’s a good player but not a great player, he’s not Evra or Maicon and only those ridiculous big time losers of Real Madrid are capable to spend 30 millions for a player that worth a max fee of 16/18 millions…

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  24. Rory

    May 25, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    HAHAHA what a joke!!! he’s a good player but not a great player, he’s not Evra or Maicon and only those big time losers of Real Madride are capable to spend 25 millions for a player that worth a max fee of 15…

  25. john

    May 25, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    who ever signs for lfc must be better than we have got already but we do have to be realistic bring back aqualani and insua buy 1 winger like mata. tean would be gk reina b4 johnson carragher agger inusa cm3 gerrard agualani raul meirelies f3 mata and suarez left and right of carroll

  26. oscar

    May 25, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    plz sign yuri from chelsea.

  27. Red Barron

    May 25, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Look, wake up folks. The transfer window in both England and Spain is NOT OPEN YET! Deals can be agreed but they cannot be signed, end of story. So this story could be true, we might have agreed a deal. But then RM might have too. Who the heck knows? Answer: nobody except those on the inside so I’m afraid you’ll have to do the same as the rest of us: Wait and see!

    • Zahid

      May 25, 2011 at 10:07 pm

      Deals can be signed but the players can’t join until the 1st of July even tho technically they have gone. Ath Madrid has agreed terms and contract with Utd already its only the fact that he is going to terminate his agents contract because his dad or some other agent will be appointed which is holding up proceedings but will be completed next week, so your wrong

      • Zahid

        May 25, 2011 at 10:08 pm

        so he will sing the contract next week

  28. nellyboy80

    May 25, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    this is complete rubbish, u have just copied this story from sportsvibe.. if u actually read the website of the newspaper in question then u will see he is going to madrid, i have just checked it in the last few minutes. stop believing everything these ridiculous websites print.. if liverpool were signing half of the so called done deals then we would have enough players to field 7 teams next year

  29. lfc4eva

    May 25, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    sum pple talk rubbish,whoitdnt matta wat we think,kk knows wat best………..in kenny we trust

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