The Daily Mail are reporting that Porto have ‘restructured’ Joao Moutinho’s contract to eliminate third party ownership. This could be seen as a sign that a smoother transfer away from the club could take place. However it is believed that transfer won’t be to Tottenham. Andre Villas-Boas put him at the top of his shopping list in the Summer transfer window but failed to complete the deal in time.
However, it was due to the third party ownership issue that held up the transfer and saw Daniel Levy, the Tottenham Chairman, struggle to sign the player. Third party ownership has been an issue in the Premier League before, with Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano’s transfers to West Ham all involving third party ownership. This is against Premier League rules. It all ended with Sheffield United, who were relegated that season, dragging West Ham through the courts to try and get a points deduction for breaking the rules.
Despite this stumbling block being removed, it is believed the Tottenham Chairman and Manager appear unwilling to resurrect the move, much to the disappointment of the Tottenham faithful. It is believed that new Bayern Munich Manager Pep Guardiola is a big fan of Moutinho and has jumped to the front of the queue to secure the Portuguese’s signature.
However, with it being deadline day anything can happen, and with Spurs not active so far, could they produce another Rafael Van der Vaart style shock and bring in a quality player right at the death?
Watch this space!