May 23, 2013, 7:16 PM EDT
Multiple reports from France have suggested that Portugese giants FC Porto have agreed to sell both young star James Rodriguez and midfielder Joao Moutinho for what some reports say is in the range of a whopping €60-70 million ($77.6-90.5 million) fee to AS Monaco.
The megadeal will come as a downer to Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, who both were targeting Rodriguez in this transfer window. The 21-year-old winger even hinted yesterday that United had made a bid for him (although talkSPORT conveniently didn’t say what the hint was, shocking).
French site RMC Sport claimed the pair were in France for a medical ahead of the move.
Many Colombian outlets have labeled Rodriguez as “the new Falcao” as their young starlet continues to develop. He has 10 goals and 8 assists in 21 Primeira Liga matches this season, along with a Champions League goal. He was bought by Porto in 2010 from Argentinian side Club Atletico Banfield for about €7.5 million ($9.7 million).
Moutinho has been a staple at Porto since the days of Andre Villas-Boas, hence his link with Tottenham as well. He was bought from fellow Portugese side Sporting Lisbon for about €11.5 million ($14.9 million).
Monaco, meanwhile, have burst onto the scene since being purchased by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev in 2011. They won the French Ligue 2 this season, earning automatic promotion to Ligue 1 where they will compete next season for the first time since their relegation in 2011.
Apr 23, 2014, 8:04 AM EDT
Paul Scholes joined former teammates Ryan Giggs, Phil Neville and Nicky Butt as Manchester United prepared for this week’s match vs Norwich
Apr 23, 2014, 7:32 AM EDT
This is a massive break for the Blaugranas and will no doubt be met with consternation by its rivals.
Champions League preview: Defending champion Bayern Munich looks to end Real Madrid quest for 10th title
Apr 23, 2014, 6:12 AM EDT
Bayern is two steps away from back-to-back titles. Real Madrid’s the same distance from its decima.
Apr 22, 2014, 10:31 PM EDT
Ferguson has kept quiet during the club’s latest transition, but according to reporting Tuesday night, he’ll play a part in finding David Moyes’ replacement.
Apr 22, 2014, 9:14 PM EDT
With injuries forcing his hand, the Blues’ boss wants to concentrate on Champions League.
Apr 22, 2014, 7:51 PM EDT
They only took one point from Vancouver, but LA Galaxy won three spots in this week’s Best XI.
Apr 22, 2014, 6:28 PM EDT
Chelsea boss has a big job on his hands ahead of the second leg:
Apr 22, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT
Mourinho’s approach; Lampard’s card; and the Blues’ two big injuries.
Apr 22, 2014, 4:55 PM EDT
Chelsea do a job on Atleti, as everything’s up for grabs in the second leg:
Apr 22, 2014, 4:47 PM EDT
Evoking memories of their 2012 championship run, the Blues played out a scoreless draw in leg one.
Apr 22, 2014, 4:06 PM EDT
He missed out on our award in Week One. Six weeks later, those no denying the RSL number one.
Apr 22, 2014, 2:17 PM EDT
Excepting Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United Supporters Trust is really not fond of any higher-up at the club right now.
Apr 22, 2014, 1:56 PM EDT
The lineups are out for Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg between Atletico Madrid and Chelsea in Spain.
Apr 22, 2014, 12:58 PM EDT
As much as he loves the club, perhaps even Giggs knows he’s not completely ready for the gig.
Apr 22, 2014, 12:02 PM EDT
A lost Super Bowl bet means Colorado defender Shane O’Neill will be enjoying a gooey treat courtesy of Seattle’s DeAndre Yedlin.
Apr 22, 2014, 11:20 AM EDT
The celebration has now cost Anelka a job, West Bromwich Albion some sponsors and Sagbo some money.
Apr 22, 2014, 11:05 AM EDT
Replacing Sir Alex was always a tall order, but Moyes never seemed to fit.
Apr 22, 2014, 10:48 AM EDT
So far head coach Mark Hughes likes what he’s seen.
Apr 22, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT
“We are no longer favorites,” said the Dutchman.
Apr 22, 2014, 9:10 AM EDT
David Moyes is out at Manchester United after less than a year. How did we get here?
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