Van Gaal aims to beat rivals to £24m star.
Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are the latest names to be linked with a move for AS Monaco midfielder Joao Moutinho, according to French source L’Equipe.
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The 28-year-old has recently emerged as a top target for both Arsenal and Chelsea in the January transfer window, with the London rivals both after an alternative to Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira.
However, United and Spurs are also known to be chasing new additions in midfield this winter and could now join the running for the £24m-rated Portuguese international.
Moutinho only joined Monaco last summer but may follow another big-name Radamel Falcao out of the exit door, possibly joining his old team-mate at Old Trafford.