United To Sign Moutinho
Manchester United have completed their first signing under Lothar Matthaus, completing the transfer of Joao Moutinho from Portuguese giants Porto for £35m. The 27-year-old will be on £105,000 p/w until the end of the 2016-17 season.
When Matthaus was asked about his new signing in a press conference, he replied "everyone knows how good Moutinho really is. Besides his manager, I should know, I've just spent a year and a half in Portugal competing with Porto for the league title! I looked at the United squad when I came in, and identified central midfield as one of the areas we needed to improve. I know people who will think we've overpaid for Joao, but they're wrong. We've got a fantastic player for a fantastic team. He's a great all-round midfielder, and I hope he'll be in the team for several years. We are also looking at potential players for other positions too, and you'll have news as it happens."
Moutinho will not join the Red Devils until 1st January 2014, when the January transfer window opens.
United are rumoured to be in talks to sign Dynamo Kyiv's Andre Yarmolenko, and Mexican side Chivas' Carlos Fierro. They have also had a bid rejected for Bayer Leverkusen's Andreas Cornelius.