Tottenham baulked at £80,000-a-week Moutinho demands, third-party concerns

Tottenham couldn't overcome last minute obstacles to land Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho last night.

Tottenham couldn't overcome last minute obstacles to land Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho last night.

The Daily Mail says Moutinho’s move suffered a setback because of his £80,000-a-week salary in Portugal, which would have catapulted the 25-year-old midfielder into the top tier of Tottenham’s pay scale.

This was overcome and negotiations continued into the night but the clubs hit another snag, thought to be connected to a third-party investor, who owns 15 per cent of the player’s economic rights.

Moutinho joined Andre Villas-Boas at Porto two years ago when they paid £10m to Sporting Lisbon, who will receive 25 per cent of any profit from future sales.

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