Tottenham Hotspur have discovered how much it will cost to sign Pedro Porro in the January transfer window.
In recent comments cited by The Evening Standard, Sporting Lisbon manager Ruben Amorim revealed that, following a number of reports linking Spurs with a move for the 23-year-old right-back this winter, the Liga Portugal side would only be willing to part with the defender in January if a club were to meet his €45m (£40m) release clause.
Regarding the reported interest in the Spain international, the 37-year-old coach said: “With regard to Pedro Porro, we know that there are players in our team who, because of what they have done, are now wanted by other clubs.
“We had this problem in the summer too. What I was told is that he can only leave if the clause is triggered. And if the clause is triggered, there is nothing we can do.
“He is playing really well. Like me, he is living one of the best moments of his career and he is only focused on Sporting. We are prepared for anything and we know that there are clubs who can pay the clause. But, until that happens, I think Pedro is safe.”
Considering just how impressive Porro has been for Sporting in recent seasons, coupled with Antonio Conte reported to be looking to sign a new right-back in the January transfer window, the argument that Fabio Paratici simply must match the defender’s £40m release clause this winter is an extremely easy one to make.
Indeed, over his 23 Liga Portugal appearances in 2021/22, the £22m-rated talent was in electric form going forwards, scoring four goals, registering four assists and creating 11 big chances for his teammates, in addition to taking an average of 1.6 shots, making 2.0 key passes and completing 1.4 dribbles per game.
The £10k-per-week full-back also impressed in metrics more typical of his position, making an average of 1.8 tackles, 1.1 interceptions, one clearance and winning 5.3 duels – at a success rate of 53% – per fixture.
These returns saw the 23-year-old – who former Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas dubbed “different class” live on BT Sport earlier this season – average an astonishing Sofascore match rating of 7.28, not only ranking him as Amorim’s second-best performer in the league but also as the 12th-best player in the top-flight of Portuguese football as a whole.
The Spaniard has been in similarly fine form over 10 league outings in the current campaign, having already provided four assists and created four big chances for his teammates, as well as making an average of 2.2 key passes, 1.4 interceptions and completing 1.1 dribbles per match.
As such, with Porro quite clearly being a right-back who is equally dangerous going forward as he is solid at the back, it would indeed appear as the Sporting sensation would make an exceptional addition to Conte’s current options at the back – leading us to believe that Paratici simply must launch a bid for the 23-year-old in January.