Manchester United target James Rodriguez to be sold in €70 million deal with Moutinho

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Manchester United may be about to lose out on James Rodriguez, and Tottenham too Joao Moutinho.

Just a couple of days ago Porto star James Rodriguez admitted he had offers on the table from clubs, but did not specify who, nor outline his intentions.

Now it appears almost certain that Rodriguez will be heading for Monaco, along with Porto teammate Joao Moutinho.

In fact it is even claimed that Rodriguez and Moutinho are already in Porto, having flown there yesterday.

The news has been confirmed by trusted Portuguese newspaper O Jogo who claim negotiations have been concluded.

The deal to sign the pair of them will cost Monaco €70 million, and has also been reported in Rodriguez' native Colombia.

The speed of it may come as a bit of a shock by virtue of Rodriguez playing coy with his comments earlier in the week, where he said: "I stay at FC Porto another year I'll be satisfied because it's a winning club."

Joao Moutinho too said on Monday that "Right now nothing will make me change clubs."

Except clearly money talks, and Monaco have lots of it, at a particularly low tax rate. 

The club have recently been promoted back into Ligue One and harbour ambitions of instantly battling for the Ligue One title, going toe-to-toe with PSG backed by rich Russian Dmitry Rybolovlev.

They have been linked with so many players of late that it has been hard to establish which, if any, of the stories would come to fruition.

From the sounds of it, Manchester United can kiss goodbye to any hopes of signing James Rodriguez, and Tottenham to Joao Moutinho.

It is anticipated the transfer could be made official as soon as within the next 24 hours.

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