Chelsea & Man United 100k-per-week transfer target free to leave European giants; Premier League rivals interested (Video)

AS Monaco midfielder Joao Moutinho has been told that he is free to leave the Ligue 1 moneybags.

The Portugal international has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League, and the Telegraph report that Arsenal are particularly keen on signing the deep-lying playmaker.

The 28-year-old has previously been linked to Chelsea [Express] and Manchester United [Metro], and either of the heavyweight pair may also look to move for a player who could contribute sublime vision, magnificent creativity and unerring passing ability in the heart of the park.

Tottenham Hotspur were close to signing the former FC Porto man during Andre Villas-Boas’s time in charge at White Hart Lane [Telegraph], and Monaco’s decision to make the player available for transfer may tempt the Lillywhites to move for the midfielder once again.

Despite investing immense sums of money in a series of star players recently—with the likes of Moutinho, Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez all being brought to the Stade Louis II—Monaco have modified their approach in recent times.

The Club of the Principality have offloaded Falcao on loan to Chelsea, James has left for Real Madrid, and the likes of Yannick Ferreira Carrasco have also been shown the door [L’Equipe].

Moutinho is the latest big-earner to find his place under threat, with Leonardo Jardim’s side clearly keen to see the player’s £110,000-per-week contract off the wage bill.

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The Telegraph report that Villas-Boas may be keen to recruit the player once again—this time for Zenit Saint Petersburg—while Porto are also interested on bringing their erstwhile star back to Portugal.

Moutinho hasn’t always thrived at Monaco, and managed only six assists and four goals last term as the Club of the Principality secured a Champions League berth.


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