Real eyes Benfica's Coentrao: Report

AFP, Tuesday 7 Jun 2011

Benfica left-back Fabio Coentrao could be on his way to Spanish giants Real Madrid, according to a Spanish sports daily, which said the two clubs will meet this week to seal the deal

Fabio Coentrao
Fabio Coentrao (Photo: Reuters)

Big-spenders Real are ready to pay 25 million euros while the Lisbon club wants 30 million, the cost of buying out his contract, the daily Marca said Tuesday.

The 23-year-old, who starred for Portugal at the World Cup in South Africa, is "one of the priorities" of Real coach Jose Mourinho for next season, the paper said.

Mourinho, who is also Portuguese, is keen to rebuild the squad after the club finished second to Barcelona in the Spanish league for the third successive season.

Another sports daily, AS, published an interview with Coentrao in which he said his dream is to play for Mourinho, "the best coach in the world."

Coentrao, who can also play in midfield, last September extended his contract with Benfica by one year until the summer of 2016.

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