Monaco seem prepared to start spending cash left, right and centre to try and get themselves up alongside Paris Saint-Germain in terms of European teams looking to buy their way to the top.
Unfortunately for Tottenham Hotspur that appears to have eradicated any chance of them from signing long term target Joao Moutinho, who is on the verge of a double transfer to Monaco along with James Rodriguez.
Spurs are a club led by a very efficient and shrewd businessman in the form of Daniel Levy, who has never really shown any desire to threaten the financial stability and infrastructure of the football club.
He’s had to change tact a little bit to tie Gareth Bale down to a long term deal, but he doesn’t seem ready to take on Monaco who appear able to spend whatever they like to get whoever they like.
Moutinho is undoubtedly a player who could improve the current Spurs midfield, which may make them slightly regretful towards the fact they are not in a stronger position to take the fight to Monaco in a financial sense.
However, they may have dodged a bullet because the Portuguese star has just proven himself to be a mercenary based on quotes he made earlier in the week, suggesting nothing would make him leave Porto.
“Right now, nothing will make me change clubs. I am extremely happy here and the most important thing is happiness and winning titles – We want to improve the campaign from last year, we want to improve on the European level,” he said on ESPN.
Spurs are a very popular football club with neutrals in England and Europe because of the respectable way they go about their business and the respect that Andre Villas-Boas has earned from his players and supporters.
Moutinho has just proven himself not to be the most respectable, reliable or trustworthy of professional players, which suggests they have had a lucky escape in not signing him on a long term and big deal.
Ask any Spurs in the street whether they want a player at their club who will leave the first timer a bigger deal is dangled in front of him or a lower quality and cheaper player who is fully committed and will sweat blood for the team.
It seems to be the general direction that football is taking at the moment and it will only get worse as Monaco and PSG try to out-do each other in France, just to win some silverware.
If Spurs had the cash to compete, they would be well within their rights to go after him because of the obvious connection with AVB but if they’re still thinking of trying to hijack the deal, they’d be better off putting the cheque book away and going after someone else.
What do you make of Moutinho’s words and subsequent actions?
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