Tottenham Hotspur will continue to push for a move for Sporting CP wing-back Pedro Porro, with the hope that they can complete a deal in this window, Fabrizio Romano has claimed.
What’s the word?
Antonio Conte is in hot pursuit of a right wing-back to replace the maligned Emerson Royal in the starting XI, with his sights set on Porro.
The Spaniard reportedly has a €45m (£40m) release clause in his contract, but Spurs have yet to meet this valuation and are trying to strike a deal for a lower amount.
Speaking on the Here We Go Podcast, Romano revealed the details around the negotiations for the 23-year-old and hinted that a deal could eventually be struck given the admiration for the player.
He said: “Tottenham now have a new meeting scheduled for Pedro Porro, the right back of Sporting. They also had a meeting today [Tuesday].
“The bid of around €37m has been turned down by Sporting, they want €45m, but Tottenham hope to get it done with a new meeting on Wednesday, they will try to offer some add-ons.
“So around €35m fee, add-ons, the possibility to include the player in the negotiation to change the guaranteed fee, so there will be new conversations, Tottenham are really pushing. They are in love with Pedro Porro.”
A vast attacking upgrade
Although he will be signed as a wing-back, Porro could help transform Tottenham’s attack with his creativity in the role.
He ranks highly for goals, assists, shots, shot-creating actions, dribbles and attacking penalty area touches as per FBref when compared to other fullbacks in similar European leagues, highlighting his excellent attacking output, and while the Premier League could be a significantly higher level, he could become a crucial player for Conte.
Meanwhile, Emerson ranks poorly for dribbles, assists and shot-creating actions, and the extra creativity in the side could help get the best out of the Spurs attacking trio of Son Heung-min, Harry Kane and Dejan Kulusevski.