Andre Villas-Boas On Verge Of Tottenham Switch, Wants £25m Joao Moutinho To Replace Luka Modric

Portuguese set to be unveiled on Monday.

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Andre Villas-Boas is set to be unveiled as Tottenham Hotspur boss on Monday and the Portuguese is already preparing for life without star man Luka Modric.

The 34-year-old has been in discussions with the Londoners for the past fortnight and has agreed a three-year deal to replace Harry Redknapp at White Hart Lane.

Villas-Boas beat off competition from France coach Laurent Blanc and Wigan’s Roberto Martinez and has already begun identifying transfer targets.

It was the former Chelsea boss who advised Tottenham to hijack Liverpool’s bid for Icelandic goal-scorer Gylfi Sigurdsson and he has given the club the green light to continue to pursue Ajax centre-half Jan Vertonghen.

In return, Tottenham have given Villas-Boas assurances that Gareth Bale and Rafael van der Vaart will not be sold this summer but the club have conceded that Luka Modric is likely to depart for Real Madrid.

Reports in Spain suggest that Spurs will pursue a part-exchange deal involving Turkish midfielder Nuri Sahin but Villas-Boas wants Joao Moutinho, star of Portugal’s Euro 2012 campaign, to replace the scheming Croatian.

The 25-year-old Porto star stood out as Portugal progressed to the semi-finals in Poland and Ukraine and is expected to cost at least £25 million.

Villas-Boas signed Moutinho from Sporting in 2010 and was heavily linked with the minature playmaker last summer but Chelsea ironically chose to pursue Modric instead.

Spurs are expected to receive at least £30 million from the sale of Modric and will make a move for Moutinho as soon as Villas-Boas’ appointment is confirmed.

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