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It is no real surprise that Porto are embarking on their annual selling spree this summer, but it is a slight revelation that the business is being done so early and involves leading transfer targets of Tottenham and Manchester United.
It’s not really a surprise to see that Porto are once again preparing to sell the players that retained their third successive league title, but what is surprising is the fact that they are dealing in the transfer market so early, something that has caught the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham on the hop.
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Selling their stars has become commonplace since Jose Mourinho really put them on the European main stage, taking a handful of his players to Chelsea with him after triumphing in the Champions League.
This summer looks to be heading exactly the same way, and with James Rodriguez, Jackson Martinez and Joao Moutinho all linked with a host of clubs, Monaco leading the way.
Monaco have regained Ligue 1 status in France under the guidance of Claudio Ranieri, and club president Dmitry Rybolovlev has made his intentions clear; to compete with the big boys.
Rodriguez, Moutinho and Martinez have all been strongly linked with the principality team, and with money to spare, Monaco look favourites to pick up a number of quality players, including a new manager .
Sky Italia are reporting that Monaco appear to have secured the signatures of both Rodriguez and Moutinho with a €70m offer, news that may shock a number of Premier League clubs that have been sniffing around Porto for the last 12 months.
Moutinho very nearly signed for Tottenham in the January transfer window, but a transfer fee couldn’t be agreed between the clubs.
Another player linked with a move to moneybags Monaco is Radamel Falcao. The Colombian superstar is highly sought after throughout Europe, and bookmakers Paddy Power make him just 5/6 to be plying his trade for Monaco next season.
Porto will continue to sell their best players in order to bring in their next crop of future superstars from South America on the cheap, but Monaco aren’t being quite as cute. Monaco have cash and they aren’t afraid to splash it.