Real Madrid signs Portugal’s Coentrao from Benfica
Real Madrid bought Benfica fullback Fabio Coentrao for ?30
million ($43 million), making the Portugal international the fifth
offseason signing for the Spanish giant.
Madrid confirmed it had signed Coentrao to a six-year deal on
Tuesday, when Benfica reported the price of the transfer to the
Lisbon Stock Exchange in a statement.
Coentrao was in the Spanish capital on Tuesday for a medical
exam, with the club stating the 23-year-old was ”in perfect
The former Rio Ave player scored two goals in 23 appearances in
his one full season with Benfica. He previously played in Spain for
Zaragoza, and has made 15 appearances for Portugal, including at
the World Cup in South Africa last year.
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho is putting together a squad
capable of beating three-time defending Spanish champion Barcelona,
which also won the Champions League in May.
Madrid has already signed Turkey internationals Nuri Sahin and
Hamit Altintop, winger Jose Callejon from Espanyol and French
teenager Rafael Varane in defense.