5 Feb 2015

Transfer Boost: LFC free to sign spectacular £25m-star after Euro-Giants make contact

In December, UK reports claimed that Liverpool were considering a January move for Real Madrid star Fabio Coentrao, and according to new reports this week, Los Blancos are desperate to get rid of the Portuguese defender.

On Tuesday, the Daily Express claimed that:

* Real Madrid have contacted LFC to offer the club the chance to sign £25m-rated Coentrao.

* Liverpool would 'welcome' the 26-year old full-back to Anfield.

Liverpool have been linked with Coentrao several times in the past:

* October 2010: Portuguese newspaper Jornal Record reports that Roy Hodgson is monitoring Coentrao, with a view to a possible January transfer.

* April 2011: The Daily Mail reports that Kenny Dalglish also wants the Portuguese international.

* May 2011: Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha claims that Liverpool have agreed a fee of £25m for Coentrao.

* Apr 2014: The Mirror claimed that Liverpool held talks with Coentrao's agent, Jorge Mendes, over a possible summer transfer.

DEC 2014: The Daily Express claimed that Coentrao would 'jump at the chance' to play for Liverpool.

In a recent, 26-year old Coentrao revealed his frustration over the treatment he'd received at Madrid. He told O Jogo:

"From the first day I do not think I was wanted here. Today it seems that everyone wants me to leave. We must find a solution so that no one will lose out. If I leave Real Madrid, I do not close the door to anyone"

Prior to his move to Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid star Silvio predicted that Coentrao would become the best left-back in the world. he enthused:

"He is a spectacular player. He is the best left-back in Portugal and he will surely be the best one in the world. He will wind up being considered the best player in his position for many years"

Has Coentrao lived up to that billing? When he plays (only two league starts this season), Coentrao is a solid player for Madrid, but he's also received a lot of criticism for the quality of his performances, professionalism, and alleged disruptive influence, which includes the following:

* November 2011 - An hour late for training (repeat offender)
* January 2012 - Arrived out of shape after Christmas break. Dropped by Mourinho.
* March 2012 - Caught smoking. Fined and left out of the squad for Villarreal.
* July 2012 - Reputedly a 'bad influence' during Madrid's summer tour of the USA.
* August 2012 - 4 games ban for calling the referee a 'bastard'.
* January 2013 - Massively late for training again.

Coentrao sounds like a bit of a nightmare to manage, but his talent cannot be denied. He is reportedly desperate to leave Real Madrid, but with his injury history, the Reds should probably steer clear, especially for £25m, which is a ridiculous price.

Ultimately, with Moreno/Manquillo in the squad, and Brendan Rodgers currently favouring a formation where dedicated full-backs are less of a priority, is Coentrao even needed at Liverpool?



  1. no chance, at 8 mill id be interested as a replacement for jose who is nowhere near good enough imo and he would suit the wing back system but at 25 mill they can do one.. thats striker money no full back should be more than 15 mill imo with the exception maybe of lamb couple years back

  2. 25 million for Coentrao is outrageous, he's no better than Moreno. I'd be fine with the deal if the fee is under 10 million to replace Jose Enrique who is not nearly good enough for Liverpool.

  3. The August offence is ok with me cos most are ( imo)

  4. we have moreno and jose why would we want him at that crazy price

  5. Yeah like he struggled against Chelsea... he DOMINATED the two matches expect that one stupid challenge which lead into a penalty.

  6. He's a good player if available for a knock down price. Would spell the end for Enrique though. His injury history and discipline problems are a bit of a concern although some of that may stem from never feeling wanted or valued at Real.

  7. Never say such a thing young man. Never!!!

  8. luckily they have got some extra funds - new balance deal.
    danny ings, here we come!

  9. On the other hand we could do a cup double and qualify for CL again - onwards and upwards ;-)

  10. Being a public company also helps

  11. not suitable with epl style i think.......his natural fitness is not good enough

  12. Ian Ayre made such a statement about a year or so ago, if I remember correctly. I read it on the official club website.

  13. I've got a friend whose son's first name is Odin. He's six so probably has a big future ahead of him. I'll give Ingelthorpe (hey - Thorpe!) a call.

  14. Jeepers. Ingelthorpe has both Ing and Thor in his name. What sorcery is this.

  15. That was the Aspas logic - which I don't think is flawed, by the way. As long as we also get an established striker to replace any possible departures.

  16. He's been saying things like that since he first joined the club.

  17. That's a lot of money for a second-choice wing-back. Would rather retread a Candreva-type player for that cash.

  18. Agreed. Significantly lower fee and risk than Aspas though

  19. Definitely! I suspect Joe Allen might be playing a part too

  20. I do too. I can't understand how it's gone so horribly wrong. They've lost a few good players and had some injury problems but they've still got some really good players and their fans are just fantastic!
    I really hope they turn it around as it would be a shame for European football if they were to go down. Whatever happens there will be a big rebuilding job needed there in the summer