Old Trafford boss keen on Portuguese international.
United are also tracking Moutinho following his outstanding performances for Portugal at Euro 2012.
The 25-year-old was being earmarked by Tottenham as a replacement for Luka Modric if the Croatian midfielder moves to Real Madrid.
But Moutinho’s head has been turned by the new interest from Old Trafford – and United have been told that they will get their man if a fee can be agreed with Porto.
Moutinho has a £40m buy-out clause in his contract, but a bid of around £30m would persuade Porto to sell.
He was signed for Porto by Andre Villas-Boas two years ago and was expected to follow his former boss to White Hart Lane.
But Ferguson knows he must strengthen his midfield after being forced to bring Paul Scholes back out of retirement last season as great rivals Manchester City took the title.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
Joao Moutinho is seeing the benefit of his solid displays during the Euro 2012 finals with the FC Porto man being linked with a move to the Premier League this summer. Soon to be appointed Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is keen to bring the 25 year old Portuguese midfield maestro to White Hart Lane but interest from Old Trafford may well trump that coming from the North London club.
Moutinho has had two outstanding seasons at FC Porto, clinching back to back domestic titles and winning the Europa League in the process but a move to Man United will surely appeal to the former Sporting Lisbon man, not least because he will have noted the progress of other players who have left Portugal to join Sir Alex Ferguson’s club. The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani, Anderson and Bebe have followed the same path, with contrasting fortunes.
Having spent over £20m to bring in Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell from Borussia Dortmund and Crewe Alexandra respectively, the Scot is still looking to beef up his Man United squad having seen local rivals Man City win the Premier League title whilst also seeing his side suffer a shock group stage Champions League exit.
A move for Moutinho may turn out to be more cost effective than a bid for long term target Luka Modric.