Liverpool lead a three-way race for Real Madrid’s want-away left-back Fabio Coentrao.
In addition to being linked with almost every half decent winger on the face of the earth, the Reds are also in the market for a new number three and regard Marcelo’s understudy at Real Madrid as the man to solve their problem.
The financial might of Manchester City and Monaco is the daunting competition they face to land the Portuguese international, though, meaning a 2/1-rated Premier League title win may be required to convince him that Anfield is the place to play his football next season.
According to the Sunday People, any interested parties will have to pay £11.5m to snare the former Benfica full-back, a figure deflated by more than £3m since Manchester United and Tottenham both enquired about acquiring his services earlier this year.
The Premier League pair were put off by Los Blanco’s initial demands, but this reduced price is certain to get the fish biting again.
Having been afforded just six La Liga starts this season, the 26-year-old will be keen to abscond from the Spanish capital once the current campaign concludes and the Premier League looks to be his likely destination.
Able to play on the left-wing and in central midfield, Coentrao is the versatile kind of talent a club lacking a bottomless transfer trove requires if they are to be successful and, while Liverpool’s squad is far from threadbare, they definitely require cover in each of these positions.
Very strong in possession with a tireless work ethic, the Portuguese flyer fits perfectly into the Brendan Rodgers mould and could well be lining up in a defence that’s kept just five clean sheets in 2014 in the near future.
The previous five clubs currently residing in the bottom half of the top-flight have found a way on to the scoresheet when tackling the title hopefuls, while no side has stopped them scoring since Arsenal achieved the feat in early November.
These stats make a 7/10-rated lump on both teams to score well worth investing in ahead of the Merseysiders’ trip to West Ham.