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Details emerge over failed United move

Real Madrid missed out on Siqueira and pulled the plug

By | 3rd September 2013
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Following the news this morning that Manchester United did not complete their move for Real Madrid left back Fabio Coentrao in time, the BBC has revealed more information. According to their report, Real Madrid had lined up Granada’s Guilherme Siqueira as a replacement for the Portuguese international, but with little time to spare in the transfer window Siqueira opted to sign for Portuguese club Benfica.

The move left Real Madrid without a replacement for Coentrao, and Los Blancos then reportedly pulled the plug on the defender’s proposed loan move to Old Trafford.

The late failed move for the Red Devils means that new chief executive Ed Woodward only has former Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini to show for his summer efforts, leaving new manager David Moyes with a long line of missed targets. Earlier in the summer the Premier League champions had been linked to the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Thiago Alcantara, Ander Herrera, and Luka Modric, among others.

Coentrao will now stay in Spain with Real Madrid, while Patrice Evra has just Fabio, Rafael’s twin brother, for backup at left back, with Alexander Buttner on the verge of sealing a loan move away from Old Trafford.

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