Spurs target to join Monaco revolution.
Tottenham look set to miss out on midfielder Joao Moutinho, as he and Porto team-mate James Rodriguez have both joined big-spending Monaco in a £60million deal, according to Portuguese source A Bola.
Spurs came close to signing Moutinho last summer, and former Porto boss Andre Villas-Boas was keen to be reunited with the 26-year-old playmaker at White Hart Lane as they look for a replacement for Luka Modric.
However, Monaco are set to spend big this summer as they prepare for life in Ligue 1 next season, backed by their wealthy Russian owners.
The French outfit have been linked with big names such as Radamel Falcao and Carlos Tevez, and have sealed their first big piece of business of the summer with the double signing of Moutinho and Rodriguez.
It is believed that the fee being paid for Moutinho is in fact only £1million, and the remaining £59million for Rodriguez, as Porto would owe 25% of Moutinho’s transfer fee as a sell-on clause to rivals Sporting Lisbon, from whom they signed the midfielder in 2010.
Both are talented attacking midfield players who have been watched by several big clubs. Rodriguez, 21, has been compared with a young Cristiano Ronaldo, and linked with big names such as Manchester United and Liverpool.