Joao Moutinho’s proposed move to Tottenham looks to be dead with the player’s club suggesting only a club record deal would see the player heading to North London. Reported by the Daily
He said: “Porto is an extremely difficult club to deal with. I don’t think he is a player we can afford. I have never hidden that he is a player of tremendous qualities – there are only a few players who can come in straight away to a team and have a direct impact. Only world-class players do that and he is certainly one of them but it doesn’t mean it’s within our reach.”
Villas-Boas is more than familiar with the 25-year-old as he was the one who signed him for the Portuguese champions two years ago. Since then Moutinho has gone on to play 96 games in all competitions and has scored five times for Porto, though his greatest attribute – as displayed this summer at Euro 2012 – is his playmaking ability and technique on the ball.
Speculation grew surrounding this deal when the Luka Modric’s transfer was finalized earlier this week and the Portuguese international is seen as a like for like replacement for the Croatian. However, now Villas-Boas will look elsewhere for his deals.
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