Porto have warned Tottenham that Joao Moutinho will not be sold on the cheap this summer, reports ESPN.
Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has made Moutinho his No.1 target for this summer, but the Portuguese club are insisting that he will leave for now less than £31.5m.
This is a substantial fee for any club to pay and if it does prove to be the asking price, Villas-Boas will have to go to his board and discuss the possibility of making an offer.
Moutinho has been a fantastic player for his club and country over the last few months of course and at 25-years-old, he is at a great age for a big move.
Villas-Boas has made no secret of his admiration for the midfielder, describing him as someone that had a ‘fantastic’ Euro 2012 this summer.
Porto are aware of this interest and despite no official approach being made as yet, they are getting themselves ready for a Tottenham bid.
Referring to the speculation, manager Vitor Pereira said: “Clubs cannot just not sell. We really want him to stay but this is football and there are release clauses.”
Overall, it is going to come down to whether Tottenham match Porto’s evaluation.
In other Tottenham transfer news, it has today been confirmed that they have signed Emmanuel Adebayor on a permanent deal from Manchester City.
Will he be joined by Moutinho? Time will tell.