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World Cup Star Fabio Coentrão Manchester Bound

Fabio Coentrao Portugal World Cup 2010 Portugal V Brazil (0-0) 25/06/10 Group G in Durban FIFA World Cup 2010 Photo Robin Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom

By Ryan Kane.

According to latest reports Portugal’s attacking full-back Fabio Coentrão is set to sign for either Manchester United or Manchester City this summer.

The 22-year old had an impressive World Cup campaign with many critics praising him as Portugal’s player of the tournament. Rumours are now arising that the Benfica defender is set to make the move to Manchester United, who will have to fend off close competition from billionaire neighbours Manchester City for his signing.

Coentrão, who has played eight times for the Portuguese senior team since being called up by manager Carlos Queiroz, is valued in the region of £5.6 million. It is rumoured that Benfica will demand a significantly higher fee for the services of Coentrão following his impressive performances for his country in South Africa.

The left-back has been praised as a player with good dribbling and crossing skills as well as having a dynamic style of play. Coentrão seemed, at times, to outshine teammate Cristiano Ronaldo during Portugal’s four World Cup matches. His quick burst of pace down the left flank gave Portugal width and greatly aided their attacking style of play.

Manchester City are said to be United’s closest competition in the ongoing race for Coentrão’s signature. The Eastland’s club, who having already signed Spanish midfielder David Silva, will add the Portuguese full-back to their transfer hit list along with Barcelona’s Yaya Toure. The Ivory Coast midfielder is set to join brother Kolo at City in the coming weeks.

The big decision now for Coentrão is the choice between City’s oodles of cash OR United’s Champions League football.

What would you choose?



  1. Mike Lock

    July 1, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Easy decision! But we don’t need him as we have Fabio.

    • Zekk

      July 21, 2010 at 3:58 pm

      According to Alex Ferguson, there is no need to change the squad. They have Evra in the first team thus I seriously doubt Fabio Coentrao would consider sitting on the bench. That is of course, unless Ferguson pulls a Raymond Domenech and play Evra as a centre back. I mean who is in the right mind to play a natural and better left back (Abidal) in the centre just to accommodate Evra in the team? If Alex ever thinks about adding to the squad, he should consider buying someone who is capable of commanding the midfield, like Schweinsteiger or Sir Steven Gerrard (who would never join the Devils).

  2. Blewmoon48

    July 1, 2010 at 9:34 am

    I didn’t know City had signed David Villa. They were sneeky over that one!!! I did know they had signed David Silva. Perhaps you got mixed up. Its easy to do. They all look the same these Spaniards!!

    • Ryan Kane

      July 1, 2010 at 2:11 pm

      Thanks for the Spot.
      The error has since been edited.

  3. Bluwes

    July 1, 2010 at 9:34 am

    How poor is this report. It states that City have signed David Villa. No they haven’t they have signed David Silva.
    Why would he go to Un**ed when they have Evra playing in that position, or will they have to sell him this summer to cover their losses for yet another season

    • Ryan Kane

      July 1, 2010 at 2:15 pm

      The Silva error has since been edited.
      Speculation is linking Coentrao to a move away from Benfica with Man City and Man United gunning for his signature.
      Whilst United have Evra backed-up with Fabio,Coentrao is a versatile player who can also play left-wing.As a United fan I feel he would be a good edition to the squad with Ryan Giggs set to retire in the coming seasons.

  4. City Slicker

    July 1, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Easy decision. A straight choice between wallowing in the past or stepping into the future with the mighty blues.

  5. James V

    July 1, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    The media always tries to say that City and United are competing over players when at least one of them probably are not.

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  7. patrick

    August 17, 2010 at 12:43 am

    Coentrao was the best left back in WC 2010, was simply amazing in that game vs N Korea. Too bad Bosingwa wasn’t at RB to make him even better out there. I saw him at the WC under 20, and was the best player in that tournament. GET IT HIM NOW! Oh and he has no ego like most young talents of today.

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