Tottenham Hotspur remain on the trail of an exciting European talent in Pedro Porro and could move for him in January…
Spurs’ new plan is apparently to use one of their former players in Marcus Edwards as a bargaining chip in the deal.
Having let the Englishman join Sporting for free, they hold 50% of any future sale they might make on him. They could sacrifice this clause in order to reduce the price of the Spanish defender from his €45m (£40m) release clause to a more affordable €30m (£26m).
Therefore, Porro has now become a ‘priority’ for Fabio Paratici and Antonio Conte.
This season, the 23-year-old has announced himself as one of Europe’s outstanding offensive full-backs. He already boasts ten goal contributions in the current campaign and seems set to demolish last season’s tally of 12.
This is further supported by his FBRef rankings, as he sits in the top 1% for total shots, assists, shot-creating actions and touches in the attacking penalty area, as well as the top 6% for dribbles completed, for full-backs in Europe’s major leagues in 2022.
Having spent a portion of his career at Manchester City, it seems that they made a transfer misstep when they decided to part ways with the Spaniard, given how he has flourished since leaving the Etihad Stadium.
This season alone has seen Porro handed a 7.11 average Sofascore rating in the Portuguese top flight, where is averaging 2.2 key passes per game. Furthermore, he pairs his exceptional offensive output with 1.4 tackles per game, so he is very capable in both a defensive and attacking sense.
The 5 foot 8 speedster is more than fitting of the label that Portuguese football writer Zach Lowy bestowed upon him when he claimed that Porro is a “special talent” who is “the best right back in Portugal”.
Any worries about his adaptation to English football can be dispelled by his performance against Spurs in the Champions League during the autumn as he recorded a 7.10 rating from Sofascore, playing a big role in his team claiming a point at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
From 67 touches that night, he completed three crosses and created one big chance, whilst also making two interceptions (via Sofascore).
Should Porro translate this into consistency in the Premier League with a move to Tottenham, he could be one of Conte’s most important purchases during his reign in N17.