Having seen their move for Luka Modric fall apart, Manchester United are eyeing up alternatives and Porto’s Joao Moutinho appears to be top of the list – though Spurs are also in the hunt.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s men have been strongly linked with the Croatian midfielder all summer, but the move has stalled leaving Ferguson to contemplate other targets and after impressing for Portugal at Euro 2012, Moutinho has become their No. 1 target. Moutinho would almost certainly cost a lot less than Modric, though there have been some suggestions that United will offer Anderson a return to the Estadio do Dragao in part exchange.
Having already signed Shinji Kagawa, United are now looking for a more conservative, ball playing central midfielder and I think Moutinho would fit the bill perfectly. He will no doubt have had had words with Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo about any move to Old Trafford but is that even necessary? When a club the size of Manchester United come calling, it’s hard to say no.
But Premier League rivals Tottenham have also been credited with an interest in Moutinho, with Modric seemingly set for the exit. These links will surely grow stronger now Spurs have appointed Andre Villas-Boas as their new manager. Moutinho and Villas-Boas enjoyed a successful year together at Porto and ‘AVB’ is a big fan of the 25 year old midfielder.
When it boils down to it, Moutinho will have to choose between familiarity (Villas-Boas) or instant success with Manchester United. There is potential in that Spurs team to win silverware but I think they’re a couple of years off yet.
If I was Moutinho, I’d be looking for a move to Manchester United but I’ve got a feeling that Villas-Boas can persuade Moutinho and we may well see him in the White and Blue of Spurs.
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