Joao Moutinho was so nearly a Tottenham player. Porto agreed to sell him to Spurs on August deadline day, only for the transfer to break down due to time limitations which meant negotiating third party ownership and personal terms were impossible.
In January Porto bought out Moutinho's third party ownership, meaning they stand to profit entirely from any sale.
Now reports in Portugal have claimed that an agreement is in place between the player and the club's president to sell him in the summer.
Diario de Noticias claims that Moutinho has the word of president Pinto da Costa that he will be sold at the end of the season, on the condition that the club's 25 million asking price is met.
It is news that will have clubs across Europe sitting up and taking notice, not just Tottenham.
Spurs may well go back in for him, buoyed by Champions League qualification and boosted finances, but they will face competition.
In the Premier League he would be a perfect fit for both the midfields of Manchester United and Chelsea, who arguably need his passing skills and vision more than Spurs do.
But there will be inevitable interest from Russian clubs, with Zenit snapping up his Porto teammate Hulk and Benfica' Axel Witsel last year, but as the duo's experiences have been mixed to say their least Moutinho may be put off despite the large cash on offer.
Barcelona were even interested in him but Madrid is probably a more likely destination in Spain via Real or Atletico.
It is by no means clear cut where he will end up, but you imagine that pending verification of this news, Tottenham will certainly be interested.
Should Tottenham spend the majority of their transfer budget on Moutinho or do priorities lie elsewhere?
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