First up in Born Offside’s look at potential big money movers this summer are Porto pair Radamel Falcao and Joao Moutinho…

While new Chelsea manager Andre-Villas Boas settles in to his job at Stamford Bridge the transfer speculation has already begun.

Villas-Boas is expected to plunder his own club, Porto in a Mourinho-esque raid. The players in question are the talented duo Joao Moutinho and Falcao although the fee has raised eyebrows.

Between them Moutinho and Falcao have a staggering €70million buy out clause, but is that something that will put off Roman Abramovich?

Both players have been integral to Villas-Boas’ Porto storming to the Portugese treble in an unbeaten season. They also won the Portugese Cup and the Europa League in the club’s most succesful season since a certain Special One reigned.

Porto however will not let their stars go without a fight, they worked hard to seek assurances from Chelsea that they would not return for players but that seems to have been ignored. But this loss of key players is not new to Porto, when Mourinho moved to London he took Ricardo Carvalho, Paulo Ferreira and Maniche. Deco, Nuno Valente and Pedro Mendes also left the club. This time Porto are keen to get top dollar for their prized assets, insisting that any club pays the mega buy-out clauses already installed in the players’ contracts.

Moutinho joined the Villas-Boas revolution for a Portuguese record transfer fee, €11million prized him away from Portuguese rival Sporting Lisbon in a sensational deal. It was money well spent though, Moutinho was the best midfielder in Porugal and drove Porto’s talented team forward.

Moutinho could have already been a Premier League player, but a deal with Everton was aborted in 2008-09. The fee was reportedly around £5million now he may cost Chelsea more than £30million.

Originally dubbed the new Deco, Moutinho has emerged as a much more complete player. He has good passing ability, a clever mind but teams it with a energetic style often surging box-to-box for 90 minutes. Moutinho also leads by example and possesses a fierce shot.

If Chelsea do take the plunge and sign Moutinho they will be purchasing a young but experienced International midfielder. At just 24 he already has 33 caps for Portugal with 1 goal to his name.

Radamel Falcao’s form has been even more eye-catching since he joined Porto from River Plate in 2009. He smashed home 25 goals in just 28 league games, totaling 34 in all competitions.

Last season his form was even more sensational, he plundered 17 goals in 14 games in the Europa League, breaking Jurgen Klinsmann’s previous record of 15. Although he was outscored in the league by the impressive Hulk he still struck 16 times in just 22 games.

Falcao not only scored in bulk, he scored important goals including the winner in the Europa League final and 4 in the Semi-Final first leg against Villarreal.

His form on the International stage has not been as impressive, just seven goals in 28 games for Columbia is not the return of a striker of his undoubted ability.

‘El Tigre’ will get his chance to shine for his national team at the Copa America this summer. The tournamnet may well decide where the 25-year-old’s future lies.

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