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Man United to miss out on Rodriguez, Chelsea to lose Moutinho as Monaco plan double swoop

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Money talks, in the world of football, and that is exactly what the clubs of today are striving hard to prove. First there were the mighty Blues, whose big cash exploits in the transfer market (for players and managers, both) were attributed to their billionaire owner Roman Abramovich. Then came the Sheikh Mansour owned Manchester City, followed by the QIA backed Paris Saint-Germain. And now it is the turn of newly promoted AS Monaco.

The Ligue 1 side have been reported to be on the lookout for quality players in the transfer market for a long time, to offer stiff competition for the French League title next season, and it finally seems that owner Dmitry Rybolovlev’s transfer schemes have paid off. The Daily Express reports that Monaco are planning a double coup to raid Portuguese side Porto and rob Manchester United and Chelsea of their transfer targets for this summer – James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho – respectively.


Monaco, who would be planning to spend extensively this summer, are reported to have offered Porto a staggering £60 million combined for the two players, and the Portuguese side is said to have succumbed to the French side’s advances.

James Rodriguez had been linked to Manchester United for a while, with Atletico Madrid also showing their active interest in the 21 year old, recently. The Red Devils are in desperate need of a proper, touchline hugging winger, having suffered due to lack of width all season long, and Rodriguez would have been just the man for the job. Meanwhile, Joao Moutinho was being actively pursued by Chelsea, PSG and Tottenham Hotspur, in bids to strengthen gaps in their midfield.

But Monaco seems to have drowned all the expectations of the English powerhouses. The only comfort for the clubs, as of now, would be the hope that the present reports also turn out to be baseless and meet the same fate as Monaco’s previous stint in the hullabaloo over Falcao, some weeks ago.

Meanwhile, Moutinho has insisted that he is content to remain in Portugal. The Daily Express quoted him saying: "Right now, nothing will make me change clubs. I am extremely happy here and the most important thing is happiness and winning titles. My future is up to FC Porto. No player is immune to leaving. But if something does come up, it has to be something good for both parties." His teammate Rodriguez had also made it clear sometime ago that he has no immediate plans of a move away from Porto.

But the word “uncertain” seems to have become synonymous with football nowadays, and it is highly likely that very soon we would get to see the aforementioned duo gracing the land of the Gauls.