Spurs may miss out on Portugal playmaker this summer.
Tottenham Hotspur face a real fight if they want to bring long-term transfer target Joao Moutinho to White Hart Lane at the end of the season, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
The North London club tried to lure the coveted midfield player to the capital on August transfer deadline day, only to fail in their attempts due to a last-minute glitch in talks with the player’s employers, Portuguese giants FC Porto.
And the club, whose head coach Andre Villas-Boas is a huge admirer of the 26-year-old, reportedly tried to sign the Portugal international again in the recent January transfer window.
However, with Porto at that point of the season still in the UEFA Champions League, the Portuguese were unwilling to do business, although that tough stance is likely to change come the summer.
But, Spurs now face stiff competition for Moutinho from the likes of big-spending French outfits Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco, who are both capable of outbidding the Premier League club for the £25 million-rated player.