Having raked in £33m from the sale of Luka Modric in the summer, Andre Villas-Boas has been understandably eager to splash the cash over recent weeks. It would be fair to say that he has found it harder than he probably first thought to attract players to White Hart Lane though, with many clubs seemingly taking advantage of Tottenham’s recent wealth and asking for top dollar for their players. Following on from this, the former Chelsea manager has now revealed that despite showing a real interest in Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho, he thinks the chance has now gone and the Portugal international will not be arriving at Spurs at any point in the near future.
Moutinho has been one of the most sought after players in Europe after carving out a fantastic career in the Portugal top flight. Having forged his superb reputation at Sporting CP, the 26-year-old has been playing at Porto since 2010 and has constantly been linked with a move to the English Premier League.
At one point in August it looked very likely that the midfielder would finally make his move, with Spurs allegedly tabling a £22m offer for the player. However, this was deemed insufficient by Porto and following on from that, Villas-Boas has said that he is not preparing to return for his former player any time soon. Speaking in an interview, AVB stated that the market in January is far too expensive and with Spurs also set to welcome back Scott Parker following injury, the club won’t be as desperate to bring Moutinho in. His amongst the best betting offers from bookies he will leave the club.
Such news will come as a massive disappointment for Tottenham fans, who held mild hopes of the midfielder arriving at some point in the future. The fact that Moutinho only claimed last week that he was a massive fan of Villas-Boas sparked rumours about a possible transfer again, although it looks as though this deal is not to be and Moutinho will probably stay in his homeland for another campaign.
Following on from the poor start that Spurs have experienced under AVB, it remains to be seen if the club have any other, perhaps cheaper, signings up their sleeve for January. Despite being handed a moderately easy start to the new campaign, Spurs have managed to collect just two points from three games and this already puts them in a disappointing 14th position. Moreover, with fixtures against the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea appearing on the schedule over the next few weeks, Tottenham’s campaign is only going to get more difficult as the season progresses.
However, despite suffering such a disappointing start, the bookmakers are still backing Spurs as clear favourites for their next game against Reading, even though they don’t hold the home advantage. However, despite possessing confidence for this next game, it appears most bookies are still quite pessimistic and not a good bonus bet about the chances of Andre Villas-Boas succeeding at White Hart Lane, with most labelling him as the third favourite in the division to be next to leave his post.