Manchester City have agreed a deal worth £11million for Spanish defender Pedro Porro on transfer deadline day.
According to The Mirror, the teenager will be loaned to Real Valladolid for the 2019/20 season, with Girona receiving transfer funds to bolster their squad ahead of a campaign which they hope will see them book a return to La Liga after relegation last term.
Porro, a right-back who can also play on the right-hand side of midfield, made 34 appearances in total for Girona last season, scoring once and providing four assists.
When he signed for Girona two years ago, he was reportedly on the radar of Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich, according to The Mirror.
Last season in La Liga, he averaged 1.6 tackles and 1.2 interceptions per game, but it was going forward where he was prominent. He recorded match averages of 0.9 dribbles, 0.8 key passes and 0.8 crosses, which is not altogether surprising for a player who is as comfortable in wide midfield as at full-back.
Porro has some apparent weaknesses to his game which will need correcting, however. He can be quite careless in possession, with a passing accuracy rate of just 70.5%. He could also be beaten easily in the air, winning just 0.6 aerial duels per game, although he is somewhat diminutive at 5 ft 10 (1.76m).
The teenager is the second right-back to join Manchester City in the last 48 hours, with Joao Cancelo completing his move from Juventus and Danilo moving in the opposite direction in a deal worth £55.25m in total, according to ESPN.
The Premier League champions have sent several young players on loan to La Liga in recent years, including Patrick Roberts, Marlos Moreno, Douglas Luiz, Aleix Garcia, Pablo Mari and Pablo Maffeo.
None of those have played for Manchester City since returning to the club, with Roberts and Moreno going on loan again this season, Maffeo signing for Stuttgart last year, and Luiz and Mari leaving permanently this summer.
Cancelo’s arrival and the continued presence of two-time Premier League winner Kyle Walker at right-back means that Porro was highly unlikely to get much game-time at the Etihad Stadium this season.
He will certainly need to improve his passing accuracy if he is to get his chance with the Premier League champions – Ederson and Gabriel Jesus, who had the lowest passing success rates at the Etihad last term, still had a 12.1% higher accuracy than Porro.
On the face of it, a loan move makes sense so that he can gain first team experience. However, unless Porro excels at Real Valladolid in the next few months, he could end up being yet another young player stockpiled by Manchester City and constantly being loaned out without ever being given a fair chance in Pep Guardiola’s line-up.
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