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Transfer Update – Latest On £30m Chelsea And Arsenal Target Talking About His Future

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Monaco playmaker Joao Moutinho has revealed that he will not be moving anytime soon. Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United were being linked with the Portuguese in recent months, but the news will come as a blow for the trio.

Moutinho said,  “I am not thinking about the January window, nor am I thinking about the end of the season. I don’t want anything to do with that. I am focused on Monaco.”

In the last few weeks, reports had emerged that the midfielder had grown disillusioned with the transfer dealings at the club as they sold the likes of James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao which showed a few signs that they weren’t competing with PSG. Their league form has deteriorated after the departure of key players.

It was also revealed that Moutinho was unhappy with the club’s policy of reducing the players wages as they were giving away and spending an exorbitant amount of money in a bid to compete with the cash-rich PSG.

Manchester United and Arsenal were prime candidates for Moutinho, especially the latter who could do with a central midfielder as the likes of Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta are entering the twilight of their careers. Moutinho is contracted with the club until 2018 and would have cost close to £30m in January.

The 28-year old has been a key player for Monaco since joining from Porto and is predominantly a deep lying playmaker but can play as an attacking midfielder. A look at Moutinho’s stats will tell you that he doesn’t score too many goals or provide too many assists as his role is to provide the passes from a deeper position to the attacking players. Moutinho has made a total of 23 appearances this season in all competitions and has helped his side reach the last 16 of the UEFA Champions league where his side will take on none other than Arsenal, the club that are being linked with him.

Manchester plot move to sign £30m Arsenal target

According to reports from British Media Outlet DAILY EXPRESS, Monaco midfielder Joao Moutinho is keen to leave the French side and force his way to the Premier League. The Portuguese midfielder is reportedly unhappy with Monaco’s transfer dealings as the club let go superstars James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao in the summer. The 28 year old has also been angered ver his wages, which have been reduced thanks to the club’s new policy.

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It is believed that his well know agent Jorge Mendes is plotting a move away from Monaco in the upcominh January transfer window for his client. Moreover the trusted and reliable Spanish outlet Fichajes have claimed that Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea are all interested in the player and would like to see the creative playmaker in their team.

United will definitely look to buy another creative midfielder in January while manager Louis Van Gaal would also want to sort out his defensive back line helping himself to a quality centre back. Chelsea however might not be interested as they have a plethora of attacking talent at their disposal and have earmarked Marco Reus as their primary transfer target.

Should both the clubs decide not to puruse their interest in Moutino, Arsenal thus could have some advantage to secure the signing of the player. But will manager Arsene Wenger splash £30m on the player? Do Arsenal really have the transfer kitty to afford another significant signing? Another question is do Arsenal require a creative midfielder when they have a lot of attacking players already in their squad?

Boost For Manchester United And Arsenal As £30m Midfielder Is Open To Premier League Move

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Manchester United and Arsenal have received a huge boost as Monaco midfielder Joao Moutinho is reportedly unsettled in France and could angle for a move come January or the next summer.

Reports have emerged that Moutinho could move to the Premier league although he will cost a hefty fee of £30m as he signed a contract with the French club a year and half ago which will keep him at the club until 2018.

Both Arsenal and United were linked with the former Porto man in the past but couldn’t sign him as Monaco were on a mission to strengthen after being promoted to the 1st division of the French league. Since then, the likes of James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao have departed the club with the latter on a loan move. Arsenal are probably in a better position to sign the 28-year old as the have missed a good dynamic central midfielder on the pitch this season. The likes of Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini have been decent but are approaching the age where mobility will become an obvious issue. With the Sami Khedira deal unlikely to happen, Moutinho could be a better option for Arsene Wenger.

At 28, Moutinho is probably at the peak of his career and he will not get a better time to join the Premier league. He has made 17 appearances in all competitions for Monaco this season and has managed to score three goals. He is also a mainstay in the Portuguese national setup with 75 caps to his name since making his debut in 2005. Another key factor about Moutinho is his injury record. The Arsenal fans will want someone with a good injury record and Moutinho definitely fits that bill ahead of Khedira who has had a poor injury record in the past few years.

United are being linked with Moutinho despite vice-chairman Ed Woodward revealing that they will not spend heavily in January. With that in mind, it’s unlikely that they will approach Monaco for Moutinho in the winter transfer window.