Tottenham Hotspur may cash in Marcus Edwards’ sell-on clause to aid their Pedro Porro pursuit, claims Alasdair Gold.
The Lowdown: Porro pursuit
Spurs are well-known fans of the Sporting wing-back, with the Daily Mail reporting the Lilywhites are keen to sign the 23-year-old, who has a £40m release clause in his contract.
Antonio Conte’s side are yet to match the clause that Sporting are firmly holding out for, with Tottenham reluctant to hand over the full amount upfront as the clause demands – instead wishing to do a deal involving add-ons and instalments (via 90min).
The Latest: Gold’s update
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Gold revealed a potential bargaining point could be over ex-Spurs man Edwards, with Tottenham set to earn 50% of his next sale (via the Express) after installing a clause in his contract following his move to Vitoria Guimaraes in 2019, opting to delay it when he joined Sporting.
Gold said: “Pedro Porro – of course, we know that he’s one of the main targets that they want. They’ll continue to try getting him and I’d say I’m probably more hopeful than I was earlier in the window about Porro.
“Look, they’re still trying to compromise around this release clause. I’ve said this before, and I know people don’t like it, but not many clubs like to pay the full whack upfront, and that’s what a release clause does.
“I wouldn’t be shocked if Spurs were to agree a fee for Porro, it would eventually encompass more in total than the release clause is worth.
“I’ve seen some of the ideas from Portugal that have been floated around like a player exchange; potentially Marcus Edwards’ 45% sell-on clause cashed in, as it were, as well. So there’s many ways they can do it.”
The Verdict: Interesting option
With Spurs so far unwilling to match the release clause, it would prove an intriguing option to bring the price down on Porro.
Although, there may be a feeling that they wish to hold onto the clause if they decide to bring Edwards back to north London, with any potential deal seeing them ultimately pay only half of the agreed fee by implementing the sell-on clause.
Regardless of how Spurs negotiate a deal, Porro’s total of 12 goal involvements so far this campaign trounces every Spurs player bar Harry Kane, making it surely only a matter of time before they cough up what they need to bring in that extra bit of creativity and attacking prowess to the squad.
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