Impressed by the midfielder’s exemplary performances at the ongoing European Championships, a number of clubs are lining up bids for Porto’s Joao Moutinho over the coming month.
Moutinho was a key figure in the Portugal side that lost to Spain in the semifinals of the competition on penalties, starting each game and impressing consistently in the unfancied Iberian side that did well to reach the last four.
That has led to an upscale in interest over the central midfielder, with Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool all looking at the possible capture of the 25-year old.
Moutinho has previously played under the incoming Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas when the 34-year old was in charge of Porto, winning an unprecedented four titles in the single season that Villas-Boas spent at the club before departing for Chelsea. The Portuguese manager, now expected to fill the vacant Tottenham hotseat, wants to bring his compatriot to White Hart Lane, seeing Moutinho as a perfect replacement for the outbound Luka Modric.
He however will not be able to provide Champions League football for the ambitious midfielder, something which United, City and Chelsea are hoping will work in their favour as they try to bring Moutinho to English shores.
Moutinho has a £40 million buy-out clause in his contract at Porto, with the club unlikely to do business for anything under £30 million.