Andre Villas-Boas has made bringing Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho to Tottenham Hotspur his main priority this summer according to a Footy Bunker source.
The 34-year-old boss has already tied up the signings of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jan Vertonghen less than a week after succeeding Harry Redknapp at White Hart Lane and is also closing in on a deal for Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor.
The former Chelsea coach is eager to overhaul his squad ahead of the new Premier League campaign but will have to deal with Luka Modric as the Croatian midfielder seeks an exit route out of the club for the second successive year.
Modric appears certain to leave North London for Spanish champions Real Madrid and the Portuguese tactician knows he needs to identify a replacement with Moutinho top of his list to fill the void.
He knows the 25-year-old well from his Porto days enjoying a glorious season together at Porto in 2010-11 as they won the league title with an unbeaten record, the Portuguese Cup and the Europa League.
The Portugal midfielder further enhanced his reputation with string of impressive performance for his country at Euro 2012 drawing interest from Manchester United but admitted he would like to work with his Villas-Boas once again.
“AVB is one of the best coaches I’ve worked with,” he said recently. “I’d work with him again tomorrow.”
Chairman Daniel Levy stands to make a lucrative profit on the £16.75 million he paid Dinamo Zagreb for Modric in 2008 with Madrid manager Jose Mourinho prepared to pay £30m-plus for the 26-year-old.
That money will be put straight into Villas-Boas’ transfer kitty allowing him to sign Moutinho and a goalkeeper to challenge Brad Friedel for the number one jersey.