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Manchester City: Pedro Porro set to leave permanently

Pedro Porro looks set to be the next player to leave Manchester City on a permanent deal, with the right-back reportedly close to signing for Sporting Lisbon, which could prove to be a huge mistake by the Citizens in the future.

What’s the word?

City are clearly trying to move on a large number of fringe players in order to afford a move for Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane this summer, and it seems as if Porro will be the next out of the door.

The Spanish defender spent last season on loan with Sporting Lisbon and was hugely impressive, so it is no surprise that the Liga NOS champions are close to signing him permanently, with Portuguese news outlet Record claiming (via Sport Witness) that everything is agreed for Porro to sign on a deal until 2025.

Did Man City let Porro down?

Porro was signed for £11m by Manchester City in 2019 but hasn’t made a single appearance for the club during his time at the Etihad Stadium, spending each of the last two seasons out on loan.

The 21-year-old suggested recently that Pep Guardiola has not spoken to him once during his two years as a City player, so it is no surprise that he is being cashed in on this summer; and you could definitely argue that City have failed to properly accommodate the youngster following his move from Girona.

Selling him could also prove to be a huge mistake in the future, as Porro was a key player for Sporting Lisbon last season as they won the title, making 30 appearances in the Portuguese top flight. He contributed three goals and three assists, averaging an impressive 7.17 rating from WhoScored for his performances.

Although Guardiola has Kyle Walker and Joao Cancelo available to him as right-back options, the former is 31 now, and Porro could perhaps have been the long-term replacement for the Englishman at the Etihad. You could definitely argue that Txiki Begiristain is making a mistake in letting the youngster leave permanently.

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