Tottenham Hotspur are ‘preparing’ their final offer to sign Sporting Lisbon wing-back and top transfer target Pedro Porro, according to reports.
The Lowdown: Spurs eye Porro move…
Spurs made a part-exchange bid for the player earlier this week, and whilst Sporting are thought to be waiting on the offer amounting to his €45m (£40m) release clause, reports have suggested that the Premier League club are growing in confidence of sealing a deal.
For example, The Times recently claimed that both Tottenham and Sporting are ‘preparing’ to reach an agreement over Porro, and the north Londoners are confident that they can stump up the majority of his clause, with the rest coming through variables and instalments.
The Latest: Tottenham ‘preparing’ final offer…
Portuguese newspaper Record (via Sport Witness) have a slightly different update on Sunday, claiming that Spurs are ‘preparing’ a final bid to sign Porro this month, with it being unclear as to exactly what the offer will be.
It’s added that Sporting will continue to insist on the player’s clause, mainly because they made a promise to manager Ruben Amorim that no star player will leave the club barring the payment of their release clause.
A complication for Spurs could come in the form of interest from Real Madrid, who could enter the talks if Conte’s side make progress. Manchester City are also thought to have a €23m (£20m) buyback clause.
The Verdict: Push for a deal…
Porro would unquestionably add quality to Tottenham’s ranks at full-back, especially going forward.
According to WhoScored, the former Ma City gem has stood out as a real threat going forward with six league assists already this term. In addition, Porro has averaged their joint-highest rate of key passes per 90 (2.4) and ranks second for attempts at goal (2.6 per game) in that time.
Compare that to Tottenham’s squad, with no defender in Conte’s ranks able to boast such attacking numbers or that tally of assists, which shows how he could be a real upgrade for the north Londoners.
Some members of the media have also dubbed Porro a ‘sensational’ player in his position, and if Spurs can win the race for his signature, we believe that their manager would be handed a huge boost in his quest for a top-four finish.
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