Tottenham's long-term pursuit of Joao Moutinho could end up in disappointment, with the Porto midfielder eyeing a potential move to Barcelona, reports talkSPORT.
Tito Vilanova is a huge fan of the 26-year-old and continues to monitor his situation closely, as he weighs up a January bid to bring him to Camp Nou.
Moutinho looked like he would be reunited with former manager Andre Villas-Boas at White Hart Lane, after a deadline day deal between Spurs and Porto was agreed for the Portuguese international, only for the move to breakdown at the final hour.
It's believed that a failure to sort out personal terms thwarted the deal from being completed, but Villas-Boas is eager to revisit the situation when the transfer window reopens at the turn of the year.
However, Tottenham will face stiff competition for the player's signature, with Russian outfit Zenit St Petersburg also keen.
Moutinho's agent Pini Zahavi told Record: "I will not hide that there is interest from Zenit and we will review their proposal in January.
"Zenit is a very strong team, who may be the next step in Joao's career. However, we have to take into account the interest of Joao."
A Premier League move is not entirely out of the question, but Zahavi intimated that his client would choose Barca over Tottenham.
"Any footballer would like to play for Barcelona and that option is a priority for us," he added. "In my opinion, his style of play fits perfectly with Barcelona. Additionally, he is a fan of the club."
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