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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Arsenal snubbed by Portuguese starlet

Speculation around Arsenal has been rampant over the big dollar signing of 20 year old Joao Moutinho of Sporting Lisbon for a staggering 15m pounds. The deal has been squashed as the youngster has signed a new 6 year contract with the Lisbon giants.

Moutinho, a product of the famed Sporting youth academy that produced the likes of Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo, may have made the decision with his eye on past flops like Hugo Viana at Newcastle, maybe he worried he’d never play, or maybe his management worries about the trouble in Arsenal’s back room. One thing is for sure, Arsenal are not going to continue to try and sign him now.

The young attacking midfielder, recently a Portugal international, is one of Portugal's hot prospects along with Nani, now has a contract keeping him at the Jose Alvalade stadium until 2013.

Moutinho has had an impressive season as Sporting finished second to FC Porto for a place in the Champions League. His role has morphed to that of an attacking midfielder as early on in his career he played as a defensive midfielder. He’s adept in both roles which is likely why Arsenal took such a keen interest. At age 18 he burst into the Sporting first team while still on a 1500 euro per month youth contract. That deal was quickly adjusted to his newfound status, and now has received an even bigger pay increase 2 years on to match his importance to the club.

If a deal should come it won’t be for a few years, but tuck this little spirfire away, he may end up a Gunner someday.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

how serious was arsenal really?

5/30/2007 3:58 PM  
Blogger pratyk said...

not at all i guess ...
the name never popped up more than once .. and 15 mill .. c'mon .. u must be kidding ..

5/30/2007 4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well if you want to take it seriously-fair enough,most of us dont,http://gunnerblog.com/?p=633especially when its source is the daily mirror!

5/30/2007 5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and u seriously report AW woudl spend 15m on a youngster, when he wouldnt pay that for Eto.

give it a rest mate

5/30/2007 5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an awful title/article.

What the hell is a "big dollar" transfer Football isn't about dollars, stupid Yank.

There is no concrete evidence of Arsenal's interest therefore Moutinho has not snubbed Arsenal, he's accepted Sporting. If he were to say "I don't want to go to Arsenal" then he would be snubbing a move.

Also, how is speculation rampant? The only bit of speculation came after he signed this contract when a FEW websites mentioned that he was a SUPPOSED TARGET.

5/30/2007 5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i read an article in a portugese newspaper that said he was contacted by arsenal and that his manager said no, he wants to play every game

5/30/2007 6:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well he paid 13 for wallcot and he's crap moutinho is a much better player

5/30/2007 8:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He could not speak French, so he cannot play for arsenal.

5/31/2007 1:17 AM  
Blogger Angulo said...

WHO is he? 15M? come on, i don't see that quality in him any way these days "Arsenal" is a word used to market players since every body is there waiting to see what we want then make a move. I can guarantee that there is no player between the ages of 15-25 that can snub Arsenal unless professor Wenger didn't want him.

5/31/2007 9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Speculation" = bullshit made-up crap from English tabloids perpuated by shit blogs like this one.

Wanker.

5/31/2007 10:36 AM  
Anonymous shooy said...

more bollox

6/01/2007 10:17 AM  
Anonymous Matt P said...

Yannick Djalo would prove to be a better buy than Moutinho. The Arsenal midfield already has enough young players trying to compete for places. Djalo would be an excellent understudy to Henry

6/01/2007 1:49 PM  

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