Friday 23 March 2018

No deal

Moyes set to lose out on top targets

Atletico Madrid's Koke. Picture credit: Jon Nazca/REUTERS
Atletico Madrid's Koke. Picture credit: Jon Nazca/REUTERS

Damien Spellman

DAVID MOYES looks like missing out on signing Real Madrid's Fabio Coentrao and Atletico Madrid's Koke, despite the Manchester United manager's urgent need to boost his depleted squad.

Coentrao had agreed personal terms to join United back in September, but the deal fell through and champions may miss out on the left-back for a second consecutive window as Real do not want to sell any players during January.

“No players are leaving and we're not going to sign anyone,” said Carlo Ancelotti, the Real manager. “The window is closed for us.”

Despite the public stance, there remains hope that Jorge Mendes, Coentrao's agent, will be able to persuade Real to sell the 25-year-old. The full-back has made only four starts in La Liga this season and was reportedly upset when Moyes failed to sign him in the summer transfer window.

United will also find it difficult to acquire midfielder Koke, with Atletico sporting director José Luis Pérez Caminero insisting the player will not leave the club in mid-season.

“Koke will be with us for many years. I am convinced,” Caminero said.

“He is a player who has improved considerably. He has also made it into the Spain squad and that puts you in the spotlight and opens more eyes.”

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