Spurs: Modric or Moutinho - who would you rather have?
New Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed that Croatian midfielder Luka Modric could leave White Hart Lane this summer if someone comes in for him with the 'right offer'. That revelation will give long-time admirers Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester United hope of securing his services.
Modric's exit will also give AVB the cash to be reunited with his main transfer target and Porto and Portugal midfielder Joao Moutinho. But who would you rather have in midfield, Modric or Moutinho?
The former Porto and Chelsea boss has already been busy in the transfer market this summer, securing the signatures of midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson and defender Jan Vertonghen, and insists that he is here to bring the title back to the Lane. But the critics have already got their knives out for the controversial manager, claiming how are Spurs possibly going to win the Premier League if they are prepared to let their star man go.
To be fair to AVB, he knows only too well that Modric is a great player - he spent most of last summer trying to convince him to join him at Chelsea - so this will have come as a tough admission for him. However, AVB knows that Modric wants to play Champions League football and that his midfield maestro has already given Tottenham one year more than he originally planned. Despite his inspirational displays last season, AVB knows there's no point in keeping someone at the club when there heart is somewhere else.
Fortunately AVB already has his eyes on a player who he believes will be a bigger star at the Lane than Modric, Portugese international Joao Moutinho. The creative midfielder played a huge role in AVB's historic debut season at Porto in 2010/11, winning the league, Portuguese Cup and Europa League. Although he never scored in the league campaign, Moutinho was a pivotal figure in the team's success.
Moutinho, who is also attracting interest from Manchester United, may well be tempted to team up with his former manager at Spurs. He understands AVB's philosophy and knows that he will play an integral part of the gaffer's plans. The 25-year-old may not have any experience of playing in the Premier League but he is an experienced guy, having played more than 350 domestic games for Sporting Lisbon and Porto.
Both Modric and Moutinho are class acts and make the game look simple. They love the ball, caressing it with every opportunity, and carve open defences with ease. But who would you rather have at White Hart Lane? Would you prefer to cash in on Modric, sign Moutinho and make further improvements to the squad or would you keep hold of Modric by all means necessary? Whatever your views we'd love to hear from you.