Tottenham Hotspur aren’t giving up in their pursuit of Sporting CP wing-back Pedro Porro after transfer guru Fabrizio Romano provided an update on the situation heading into the final week of the January window…
What’s the word?
“Tottenham are not giving up on Pedro Porro deal despite Sporting stance not changing: €45m release clause or no way. Spurs will insist again this week,” he tweeted.
“Last week, Tottenham proposal also included one player but it was rejected. New round of talks, soon.”
The north London side are yet to make any moves this month and are running out of time to bolster Antonio Conte‘s playing squad, though there is still hope after this encouraging claim.
Conte needs him
Porro is a player that the Italian head coach would surely love to have at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as it would solve his ongoing right wing-back nightmare.
Ever since he took over from Nuno Espirito Santo in the dugout, finding a regular and consistent starter in the role has been tough, especially as Conte has never been convinced by either of his current options in Matt Doherty and Emerson Royal, and clearly doesn’t trust young summer signing Djed Spence either.
Just a few months into his reign, The Times revealed Spurs’ interest in Adama Traore, suggesting that he had been targeted to replace the aforementioned first-team duo but he would go on to sign for FC Barcelona on loan.
This time around, it seems that Porro is the man that Tottenham want, and it’s easy to see why.
In the current system, Conte relies upon his wing-backs to do a magnitude of work, helping defend as per normal but also aiding the attack with creativity, which is why the Spaniard fits the bill as he has registered three goals and 11 assists already this campaign. That’s more than Doherty and Royal combined.
It’s also double the number of Dejan Kulusevski and Ivan Perisic combined as well, which only highlights just how influential he could be as a playmaker in this squad.
And when compared to others in the position across FBref‘s ‘next eight’ competitions over the last year, the former Manchester City gem is in a league of his own, ranking inside the top 1% for total shots, assists, shot-creating actions and touches in the opposition box per 90.
It’s also why the “special talent” – as lauded by journalist Zach Lowry – is considered to be the “perfect for Antonio Conte’s football” – in the eyes of the aforementioned Romano – and that is exactly why he’d be something of a dream signing before deadline day.
As such, sporting director Fabio Paratici must look to get this £40m swoop for the assist-machine over the line, with less than a week to go.
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