Manchester United Transfer Rumors: Joao Moutinho Is Safer Sign Than Luka Modric
Croatian midfielder Luka Modric is among the world's most sought-after footballers, but the asking price is very steep. Modric has been slapped with a £40 million tag by Tottenham, according to The Daily Mail.
Manchester United has been one of the squads in heavy pursuit of the hyper-creative midfielder, but the asking price should back them off permanently. Instead, they should chase Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho. He's a safer, and more economical option.
According to ESPN.com, Sir Alex Ferguson is considering the idea.
Manchester United have sounded out Porto over the possibility of signing midfielder Joao Moutinho this summer, according to reports.
Later in the report, it's assumed that Mountinho would command about £25 million. That's a major difference in money for a meager difference in production.
Moutinho can play both central midfield spots. He's adept at attacking with his creativity, or using his football IQ to play the holding position. Manchester United could use his versatility, especially after adding the offensive presence of Shinji Kagawa to their midfield already.
For the price, who makes the most sense for Manchester United?
In 56 appearances with FC Porto, Moutinho has three goals. He's also a vital part of Portugal's attack on the international scene. His goal totals never look high, but he impacts the offense in other ways.
Moutinho is an extremely creative player with excellent passing touch. He's only 25 years old and would provide a solid long-term option (as would Modric).
Modric is more hyped. He's scored 13 goals in 127 games with Tottenham, but he's also one year older. Granted he's one of the best young midfielders in the world, but the asking price isn't worth it in this case.
If the production was drastically different that would be one thing, but it isn't. Moutinho is the more efficient option at this point, and Red Devil fans would be just as happy with what he brings to the table.
Ferguson and the United brass would be smart to save the money by investing in the Portuguese midfielder. Modric is enticing, but Tottenham has set the bar too high.
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