·26 January 2023
·26 January 2023
Tottenham Hotspur’s pursuit of Sporting CP defender Pedro Porro should be nearing its conclusion either way ‘within the next 48 hours’, Sky Sports reporter Michael Bridge has told GiveMeSport.
Spurs have been attempting to prise the 23-year-old away from the Estádio José Alvalade throughout the January transfer window and continue to be locked in negotiations for him.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has revealed that a new round of talks are scheduled today between Tottenham and Sporting in order to try and conclude a deal for Porro.
Romano has described the transfer as being ‘really close’ and that it is in its final stages with ‘payment terms’ the last obstacle to overcome.
The north London outfit’s last offer is believed to have totalled €37 million (£32.4m) in fixed fees plus add-ons for the right-back while discussions over one player being included as part of the deal have also taken place.
However, Sporting have insisted throughout the negotiations that Porro’s €45 million (£39.5m) release clause is paid in pull.
Bridge has told GMS that Porro is ‘keen to come’ to Tottenham and that that capital club are eager to secure his services.
He said: “I think we’ll have a decision within the next 48 hours. The player is keen to come, the club want him. The club have just been reluctant to pay the full release clause.
“I think if you look in Portugal, Spain and other European countries, the release clauses usually are to stop clubs from buying your players.
“But with the strength of the Premier League now, and the financial clout we’ve got, the clubs are going near there or pretty much paying it.”
Porro is being targeted by Tottenham as manager Antonio Conte evidently doesn’t trust his current options at right wing-back, and summer signing Djed Spence has been linked with a move away.
Leicester, Brentford, Southampton, Crystal Palace and Bayer Leverkusen have all been named among the 22-year-old’s potential suitors as he looks to put a disappointing six months behind him.
Spence has failed to start a single game for Tottenham so far in 2022/23, and the arrival of Porro would surely push him even further down Conte’s pecking order.
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