Tottenham could return for Pereira this summer

According to A Bola, Tottenham Hotspur are considering returning with a bid for Porto defender Ricardo Pereira in this summer’s transfer window.

What’s the story?

Tottenham were credited with an interest in Pereira last summer after selling Kyle Walker to Manchester City in a £50m deal.

It was reported at the time that Spurs had seen a £13.2m rejected by Porto, who were not prepared to sell for anything under the full-back’s release clause of £22m.

According to A Bola, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is still interested in signing Pereira, and will inform chairman Daniel Levy to return with an offer this summer.

Pereira will see his Porto contract expire at the end of next season, and it is understood that the Portuguese club are under pressure to sell due to Financial Fair Play regulations, which places Tottenham in a strong position ahead of the summer window.

Would Pereira be a good signing?

Pereira came through the youth system at Vitoria Guimaraes before joining Porto – initially representing their B team before stepping into the first-team picture.

The 24-year-old was on loan at Nice between 2015 and 2017, but returned to Porto last summer, and has made 36 appearances for the Portuguese club this season.

Capable of operating at right-back or in a more advanced position, Pereira has scored twice and registered five assists for Porto during the 2017-18 campaign.

Tottenham, whose supporters have recently been commenting on the future of Toby Alderweireld, would not have to break the bank to sign the three-time Portugal international, and he would boost Pochettino’s options at full-back, which is something that the London club need to address.

Indeed, the future of Danny Rose is far from certain, whilst Serge Aurier has struggled to impress since arriving at the club from Paris Saint-Germain last summer.