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Now It`s Moutinho

Tabloid speculation insists that Sir Alex Ferguson may have switched his target for a midfield recruit.

With Spurs rumoured price for Luka Modric approaching silly money the speculation has shifted towards a bid for the FC Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho

Moutinho appears to be a cheaper option with a supposed fee of 25 million being required to lure him from Portuguese football.

The attacking midfielder has other clubs monitoring his situation but, if the tabloid press is right, United could be about to make a move for his services.

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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday July 3 2012

Time: 4:44PM

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He might be cheaper but he just isnt as good short term gain long term pain.
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04/07/2012 06:25:00

Not seen enough of him playing to pass judgement on his ability. He did do a good job for Portugal in the euro's though till Spain. Then again Spain's midfield is likely to make anyone's look poor
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04/07/2012 08:23:00

hey guys - what's with all the Man united leaflets coming through my door (in Old Trafford) urging me to buy a season ticket? Been here 12 years, and that's never happened before. Glory hunters switching allegiance are they?
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04/07/2012 11:35:00

Maybe so not seen one of the leaflets myself. In any case if they are switching allegiance who they goin to City or Chelsea? Your both welcome to as many so called fans as you want. Though I suspect there's already quite a few plastic's swelling the ranks right now
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04/07/2012 11:50:00

Too much money involved. It's Porto we'll be dealing with, they signed Moutinho a year ago and he's tied down for a few years yet with an extortionate (as always) minimum release fee, they'll never sell for 25 mil. He's a good player, not quite sold as to whether he's what we really need but a good player nonetheless. I personally think we should be looking elsewhere, stick to the clubs philosophy of buying up and coming talents, the next midfield maestro, rather than paying an extortionate fee for the current one.
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04/07/2012 16:01:00

Now this is more like it. Mountinho would be a huge, vast improvement on what we have in midfield now. 25 million? Not too bad, I mean look at the *****, sorry talented up and coming prospects we have signed before who are now world class there's Anderson at 20 million, the only Brazilian with two left feet, we have Carrick at another 20 million who was hailed as one of England's future midfield stalwarts, a man with great passing ability and vision we were told, unfortunately we weren't told he's only great at passing the ball backwards and he appears to be afraid of the ball sometimes. Stop with the BS, about up and coming this and that, we have had 3 "great prospects" walk out the door recently, we have had to give new contracts to OAPs , albeit two of the greatest players in the clubs history. It is not good enough any more, ffs even the Spuds have a better midfield than the shambles we have. We have lost Fletcher and Hargreaves recently Giggs and Scholes have bus passes and Cleverly is all hype whilst the "fantastic, mesmerising, powerhouse" Paul Pogba who for all his potential played half an hour for us, we need to spend now and get midfielders in who are ready for top class football, no more prospects or kids who will walk out the door in 3 years time. Mountinho would be a good start and take a punt on Miguel Veloso, Javi Martinez or Artem Dazagoev as well. The value is there in the market, ffs look at Jordi Alba 14 million euro that's 11 or so million in sterling, 11 million for one of the worlds best, and likely to be the best left back in world for a few years to come. A bit of a rant but I am getting sick and tired of this prospect talk, our rivals have upped the ante and unless we respond we will have more heartache like last season. Just remember Anderson and Carrick were the next midfield maestros when we signed them, now a mid table club wouldn't want them, it says it all really a combined total of 38 or so million on potential and what have we got to show for it? Its time to open the cheque book and get some real talent in. If we go into next season without an overhaul of our central midfield options, we are *****ed. ..End Rant..
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04/07/2012 16:38:00

I understand your frustration Kanchelskis but buying 'proven' or 'world class' players guarantees nothing. Carrick was 26 when he signed for us, he was arguably as proven as Moutinho but he's never proved to be anything more than squad player, what's to say Moutinho won't go the same way? Veron was world class when we signed him and how did that work out for us? There's nothing guaranteeing signing proven players works, Chelsea being a prime example with numerous world class extortionate flops down the years. Personally I would love to see us sign both M'Vila and Martinez, two strong, powerful CM's capable both defensively and offensively but ultimately you've got to accept its never going to happen. Fergie will opt for the up and coming youngsters and take a punt on them in the hope they'll turn out to be the next best thing. Let's face it the only way we're ever going to get another Ronaldo, zscholes or Giggs is through our academy. We'll never be able to afford or even get Neymar, Wilshere or Bale to replace them.
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04/07/2012 17:43:00


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