Manchester United & Tottenham To Battle It Out For £25m-Rated Joao Moutinho

Prem duo in for Portugal star.

Manchester and Tottenham are locked in a two-way battle for Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho.

United are understood to have approached the Portuguese club about signing the playmaker, after growing frustrated by Spurs’ refusal to sell Luka Modric for less than £40 million, reports The Sun.

Croatian schemer Modric has been a target for United boss Sir Alex Ferguson for the past year but Tottenham would prefer the former Dynamo Zagreb midfielder to move abroad.

Ferguson has now turned his attentions to Moutinho and is preparing a £25 million bid for the 25-year-old.

Ironically, Spurs are ready to compete for the former Sporting midfielder’s signature – as a replacement for the outgoing Modric.

The north London side will appoint Andre Villas-Boas as boss this week and the Portuguese is a huge admirer of Moutinho, who he signed for Porto. The former Chelsea boss has instructed his new club to match United’s offer.

Moutinho admitted last week that he would love to work with 34-year-old Villas-Boas again but the prospect of challenging for the title and Champions League at Old Trafford may sway the diminutive midfielder, who starred for Portugal at Euro 2012.

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