Tottenham Hotspur have been handed a transfer ultimatum by Sporting CP amid their interest in their right wing-back, Pedro Porro.
It has been reported that Fabio Paratici has gone into this summer’s transfer window with the Spanish wing-back at the top end of his priority list.
Spurs have been reported as looking to add a right wing-back as well as a forward this month as they hope to bolster Antonio Conte’s squad for a Champions League push in the second half of the campaign.
However, it has been claimed the north London club’s interest in Porro had taken a hit in recent weeks after finding out the valuation put on him by the Portuguese side.
“Now, it’s been confirmed to me by a contact in Portugal who covers Sporting Lisbon very, very closely, that it’s going to be the release clause or this deal will not happen.
“So Tottenham would have to pay [£39.5m] to Sporting Lisbon for this deal to happen otherwise, it simply won’t.”
This has put Spurs in a tricky situation as they are believed to be aiming to improve their options at right wing-back and have the Spaniard as their top target this month.
But the reports suggesting they do not value the player in the same region as his release clause is a concern considering they are seemingly unwilling to spend just over £35m on their top target.
Porro has had an exceptional season so far in Portugal with the Spaniard providing a return of two goals and 10 assists across his 22 appearances in all competitions (via Transfermarkt).
Whereas Conte’s current right wing-back options have provided just one goal and one assist between all three of them in a combined 1527 minutes of action (via Fbref).
It is only natural for a buying side to try and negotiate a better price for the player in question, however, Sporting have set their stall out so, we think if Daniel Levy is unwilling to part with the funds, simply move on.
Tottenham’s uncertainty around the price tag set on Porro has seen one of the bitter rivals, Chelsea, enter the frame with the Blues now believed to be interested in potentially landing the 23-year-old.
And if Spurs do not think Porro is worth the money or are unwilling to take the gamble at that fee of whether he’d suit Conte’s style, that is fine.
However, the transfer window has now almost been open for two weeks and if they are not going to make a move on Porro, then move on to another target because it is apparent this is a position which drastically needs improving.