Manchester United’s pursuit of Fabio Coentrao failed in the summer because Real Madrid weren’t able to secure a replacement left-back in time after our deadline day bid to sign him – or so we thought.
Granada’s sporting director Juan Carlos Cordero has now insisted that Guilherme Siqueira had agreed to join Madrid and had a contract signed with the club. However, a deal was not completed as Siqueira instead moved to Benfica and United’s deal for Coentrao collapsed.
“But it was not registered because of the transfer of Coentrão to Manchester United never happened.
“Both Siqueira and Granada know the transfer was very nearly done.
“It was a loan with an option to buy. It was for over €1 million. Maybe in the future it can be done.
“Siqueira is a great player and remains contracted to Granada.
“Benfica have the option to buy for €8 million but he has two more years on his contract with us.”
So it seems that Madrid had a replacement left-back signed, sealed and delivered but pulled out of negotiations with United for another reason altogether.
This month, Coentrao looked all set for a move to United but again, the deal has proved to be far from simple as Madrid have dragged their feet. What looked a nailed on transfer less than two weeks ago now looks like it won’t happen once again.
Maybe Madrid don’t want to sell Coentrao in the first place or cannot agree terms with United but David Moyes will have to check out other left-back options as, for now, Coentrao looks set to stay in Spain.