15 Aug 2016

Transfer Update: Liverpool plan surprise Real Madrid swoop for €15m 'Ugly Duckling'. Panic buy?

With Liverpool struggling for reliable full-back options, Jurgen Klopp is reportedly pursuing a last-ditch deal for Real Madrid outcast Fabio Coentrao, who spent last season on loan at Monaco.

Spanish newspaper Sport, claims that Liverpool are considering a loan move for Coentrao, but according to Marca:

"Real have been unable to identify a better backup option for [Marceloa] than a fit Coentrao, meaning that they'll keep faith with the 28-year-old".

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

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

* Apr 2014: The Mirror reported that Liverpool held talks with Coentrao's agent..

* Dec 2014: The Express claimed: "Liverpool have entered the race to sign Fabio Coentrao [who] would jump at the chance to showcase his skills in England".

In my view, this is very epitome of a panic buy. In the last three seasons, €15m-rated Coentrao has spent 185 days out injured, with four separate injuries restricting him to just 19 appearances for Monaco last season. Coentrao is also injured right now, and is not expected to return until October. Marca reports:

"Coentrao picked up a serious hamstring injury in the final weeks of last season, ruling him out of the first few months of the new campaign"

Marca further reports:

"Coentrao has undergone surgery, leaving a nasty scar on his right thigh, before beginning a rehabilitation programme with club physios".

Moreno needs to be replaced, but not with yet another perpetual sicknote who, in all probability, will take months to get back up to speed. Additionally, most of Coentrao's injuries are muscle-related, so it's doubtful that he'll be robust enough to thrive in Jurgen Klopp's high-pressing team.

Thanks, but no thanks.

^ Oct 2015: Described himself as Madrid's 'Ugly Duckling'.



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