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.