The Daily Star have reported that Tottenham Hotspur are looking to pursue a different midfielder, instead opting to buy Brazilian midfielder Ganso in January, when the transfer window re-opens.
The Santos midfielder was said to be wanting to leave the club in June after disagreements with his wages prevented a breakthrough in negotiations. As a result of this, Villas-Boas is said to have listed Ganso on his January shopping list, with a fee of around £8 million thought to be enough for the 22 year old.
Tottenham are still yet to replace Modric with Moutinho talks collapsing on the final day of the summer transfer window. However, it is unclear whether Moutinho will still be the number one target – despite both manager and player praising each other continuously by labelling each other as the best in Europe, as well as Moutinho calling Villas-Boas a manager who he would work with again “tomorrow”.
Moutinho told The Mirror:
‘Tottenham is not in my head now, although I was flattered by the interest, especially by the coach. Andre Villas-Boas is one of the best coaches in Europe.”
But with Moutinho previously working with AVB, they both know each other’s ability and favoured formations which allows them to bring the best out of each other.
As well as Moutinho being proven in a European League, he has shown his quality as a key member of the Portugal squad, as demonstrated in the Euro 2012 tournament which highlighted Moutinho’s importance to the squad.
However, one key reason why Moutinho must be favoured ahead of Ganso is his proven European record. As Tottenham look to push for a Champions League spot in the coming seasons, it is essential that the team replace Van der Vaart’s experience in the competition.
Even though Moutinho would be a replacement for Modric, the creativity which Moutinho would be able to start the creation of Villas-Boas’ Tottenham project.
As the manager is still yet to bring in one of his two main targets; with Willian being the other prioritised player – it is essential for good morale that Villas-Boas sees the board are standing by him as they set to break the club record fee.