An exclusive in France reveals that Paris Saint-Germain are officially in the race for the Porto midfielder; and given their financial clout it could prove a knockout blow to Andre Villas Boas' vision
The race for Portuguese playmaker Joao Moutinho is shaping up to be the biggest transfer battle of the summer with plenty of teams having their name thrown into the hat of interest for the Porto talisman.
We recently brought you news from Portugal of Porto’s pledge to allow Moutinho a transfer in the summer which would have been music to the ears of Spurs fans; as the North London club are the favourites to snap up the 26-year-old midfielder.
However the two sides are certainly a little way off in regards to their respective asking prices and Daniel Levy is a man who doesn’t like to overspend on talent.
So while it may have been music to the ears of Spurs fans to hear of Porto’s leniency on his future employment it has also played a melodic tune to the ear-drums of French suitors.
We recently bought you the news from France that Monaco were ready to pursue a deal for the player in the summer which although fanciful was not beyond the realms of possibility.
The new team on the block are certainly a team to fear in the battle for a player.
Le10 Sport have exclusively revealed that Paris Saint-Germain were stepping up their trail for the midfielder. It was originally reported that the deal would only go through if Jose Mourinho became the PSG manager in the summer but now it is believed Leonardo and co will press on with a deal regardless.
For Andre Villas Boas it presents a major blow as Moutinho is clearly key to his vision of the club and the interest from teams such as Monaco and PSG who are ready to spend serious money to compete with the European elite can only be worrying.
More annoyingly will be the fact that all three potential next managers of Moutinho could be Chelsea bosses with Ranieri at Monaco and either current boss Carlo Ancelotti or potential new gaffer Mourinho in Paris.
The 35-year-old Portuguese must be absolutely sick of the sight of that club by now.
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