Joao Moutinho denies Manchester United transfer links

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Joao Moutinho has denied rumours that linked him with a deadline day move from Monaco to Manchester United, insisting that there was nothing in such speculation as far as he was concerned.

The Red Devils were very active indeed on the final day of the summer transfer window, with confirmation of Dutch international Daley Blind's switch from Eredivisie champions Ajax to Old Trafford eventually followed by the announcement that the Premier League giants had completed an initial loan deal for striker Radamel Falcao.

With that particular deal in the offing, speculation had suggested that Manchester United were in talks to sign £15 million-rated Moutinho after being offered his services by agent Jorge Mendes.

No truth

Such gossip would appear to have been refuted by the player himself, however, with Moutinho insistent that those particular links were without foundation.

"Manchester United? There was nothing. To my knowledge, there was nothing," the 27-year-old was quoted by The Daily Express.

It has been all change at Monaco this summer, with former Sporting Lisbon boss Leonardo Jardim replacing Claudio Ranieri in the dugout at Stade Louis II.

Star midfielder James Rodriguez left for Real Madrid last month following his virtuoso displays at the 2014 World Cup and this - combined with Falcao's subsequent exit -significantly weakened a squad that will compete in the group stages of the Champions League this season.

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Future switch unlikely?

Moutinho's words do not rule out a potential switch to Manchester United in the future, of course, with the Portuguese's versatility and ability to play anywhere across the midfield certainly a valuable commodity.

Louis van Gaal did move to strengthen his options in the middle of the pitch during the last few weeks of the window, however, with reputable Argentine playmaker Angel Di Maria joining the ranks along with Blind.

While many fans would suggest that further reinforcements in this area are required moving forward, it seems more likely that the experienced Van Gaal will be seeking a more dominant, physical presence in the mold of an Arturo Vidal or William Carvalho when the market re-opens in January.

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