Just over a year ago, Mourinho laughed off speculations that he could bring Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao to Stamford bridge. Times have since changed and at the moment, the Portugal international is on the revered target list of the Portuguese coach. The 27 year-old, who plays as left back, left winger and defensive midfielder is being seen as the departing Filipe Luis’ replacement.
The coach doesn’t want to leave any stone unturned as he prepares towards the coming season. Coentrao was brought in to Madrid from Benfica in 2011 by Mourinho, and he went on to establish himself as a first team player before being relegated to the bench following the former coach’s departure. Ancelloti had preferred Brazilian Marcelo to the Portuguese, and he wishes to move elsewhere as he isn’t happy being on bench.
And as Mourinho looks forward to adding depth to the squad, he sees his countryman as a likely option. As his versatility will come handy for the blues in the positions he can function in. Although first team action won’t come on a platter of gold for Coentrao at the EPL outfit, not with the current crop of defenders available at the coach’s disposal, but he seeks fresh competition away from the Bernabeu as a new season emerges. On another hand, he might just get to be influenced by the same Midas touch that was at work in the special one on him during his spell with the galacticos.
If eventually he doesn’t get his hand on a starting berth, Fabio promises to be a great backup player, and will be rightfully deployed to maximum effect by the special one If he ends up in the club. As the transfer window opens by July 1, all hands seem to be on deck at the Stamford bridge in order to sign the right crop of players, and Fabio Coentrao will likely pop up on the list.