It’s claimed that Spurs have met with Sporting CP over a potential move for both right wing-back Pedro Porro and former Hotspur Way academy gem Marcus Edwards.
However, it’s believed that the Portuguese giants will not let either player leave this month unless their release clauses are met, meaning Porro is likely to cost £40m, whilst Edwards is tied down by £52m – though, the Lilywhites do hold a 50% sell-on clause as part of his previous transfer.
Since making the switch to Portugal, the 24-year-old has made a name for himself, several years on from Mauricio Pochettino’s choice words in comparing him to Lionel Messi.
“The qualities – it’s only looks, his body and the way that he plays – remember a little bit from the beginning of Messi,” he once claimed.
Spurs boss Antonio Conte has suffered from plenty of attacking injuries this campaign, thus raising the need for reinforcements in the final third. The likes of summer signing Richarlison, the long-serving Lucas Moura and the important Dejan Kulusevski have all been out recently.
The latter has been a crucial part of Tottenham’s success since his arrival last campaign and in his absence, the Lilywhites often struggle to provide Harry Kane and Heung-min Son with enough chances to win matches. That in turn puts a ton of pressure onto their rugged backline.
As such, sporting director Fabio Paratici could find a perfect alternative to the dynamic Swede, should he follow up on these talks with Sporting.
Edwards is in electric form this campaign, having scored nine goals and laid on nine assists across 24 appearances in all competitions, and he has done so by playing in a variety of positions ranging from right-wing to upfront, as per Transfermarkt.
That includes a goal against his former club in the Champions League, so he has also proven that he can do it on the biggest stage too.
Meanwhile, FBref have compared him to new Liverpool signing Cody Gakpo in terms of statistical profile and it’s easy to see why as he’s in a league of his own compared to his positional peers across Europe’s ‘next eight’ divisions.
Indeed, he ranks inside the top 5% for non-penalty goals, expected assists, touches in the opposition box and progressive passes received.
As such, Paratici must look to bring Edwards home as Conte could really do with his abilities as the ideal alternative to Kulusevski, who remains on the treatment table heading into this weekend.