Manchester United have been given the green light to swoop for AS Monaco star Joao Moutinho in the January transfer window, as the midfielder has told his agent to find him a new club.
According to French daily Le 10 Sport, citing L'Equipe, the midfielder is unhappy with the way his career is panning out with the Ligue 1 giants, and is angling for a move to a bigger club at the next available opportunity. A host of Premier League clubs - with Louis van Gaal’s United amongst them - are therefore monitoring the situation, and a January transfer is not out of the question.
Moutinho wants out
In fact it’s said that Moutinho has told chief representative Jorge Mendes to engineer him a move away from the principality, and Monaco won’t stand in the way of a departure if they’re offered €30 million.
Having already consented to letting Radamel Falcao join United on a season-long loan and James Rodriguez move to Real Madrid for a colossal €80 million, they’re no strangers to selling big of late, and if Moutinho wants out it wouldn’t be ideal for them to try and stop him.
Where he will eventually end up remains to be seen, with the trio of United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur all likely to put good cases forward with regards to their suitability. Admittedly the latter are struggling under Mauricio Pochettino, and a move to a Europa League side might not be the step up in competition he’s looking for, but even so he’ll be guaranteed game-time at White Hart Lane.
Arsenal or United?
However it’s far more feasible to assume he’d prefer a move either to Old Trafford or the Emirates Stadium. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is known to be on the lookout for a defensive midfielder to protect his shaky back four, and with moves for Lars Bender and Sami Khedira yet to pick up pace Moutinho could be a worthy alternative.
Approaching from a similar angle is Van Gaal, who is said to be ready to improve his midfield as soon as possible, given the Red Devils relatively tame start to the season.
Marouane Fellaini has set about proving his doubters wrong, Michael Carrick is still trying to prove he can consistently keep injuries at bay and fans have yet to see the best from Ander Herrera, but another addition certainly wouldn’t go amiss.