Tottenham agree Pedro Porro transfer request with deal on brink as Sporting repeat Bruno Fernandes pact with Man Utd
Tottenham are growing hopeful of soon finalising the signing of Pedro Porro after adhering to a late request from Sporting Lisbon over the transfer of the right-back.
Antonio Conte is desperate to get Tottenham’s January window up and running with Spurs adding Arnaut Danjuma to their ranks. However, there is still time for one more more deal with five days remaining in the window.
And, as with last January, it is a case of quality over quantity as the Italian looks to fine-tune his squad.
Netherlands winger Danjuma will be hoping to make a quick impact at Spurs after signing on loan from Villarreal. And in his first interview with the club, he has revealed how Conte convinced him to turn his back on a move to Everton.
Now Tottenham hope their second signing of the January window is close to being finalised.
To that end, talks with Sporting Lisbon over Porro have been ongoing for several days now. Spurs’ initial offer of £32.5m (€37m) plus add-ons has been rebuffed by the Portuguese giants.
Indeed, they are standing steadfastly to Porro’s full £39.6m (€45m) exit clause if they want to seal the deal.
Nonetheless, the two clubs have held a series of discussions to try and find common ground. To that end, key talks took place on Wednesday with Fabrizio Romano highlighting the ‘crucial next hours’.
However, a worrying update from Sky Sports on Thursday suggested the deal may be close to breaking point. Highlighting Sporting’s refusal to budge, they suggest Tottenham are ready to walk away from the potential deal.
Nonethess, reports in Portugal do counter that by claiming an agreement is close to being finalised.
And according to respected Portuguese journalist Bruno Andrade, belief remains strong that Tottenham can soon seal his signing.
Tottenham agree to Sporting request over Pedro Porro transfer
Indeed, per Andrade – and key to Sporting’s cageyness over the sale of Porro – is the club’s upcoming match in the Portuguese League Cup final.
They tackle rivals FC Porto in the Taca da Liga final on Saturday evening (kick-off 19.45 GMT). The match is a first chance of the season for Sporting to pick up silverware. And with Porro a huge and significant part of their plans, they want the player in place to particpate in the match.
As such, Andrade claims Sporting have requested of Tottenham that Porro is allowed to play in the match before finalising his move.
And with Spurs in agreement, that should still go through without a hitch in the closing days of the window.
Conte, though, will be hoping Porro comes through the final unscathed with any sort of injury potentially throwing a spanner in the works.
If the scenario sounds similar, then you would be right. Sporting made a similar request to Manchester United back in January 2020 in the Bruno Fernandes transfer.
And like Fernandes, Porro may well be making his final appearance for the verde e brancos at the Estadio Dr Magalhaes Pessoa.
As a result, Tottenham hope to welcome Porro as a new player before Tuesday’s window closes.
His move is likely to come close to the £39.6m fee that Sporting are requesting too. Conte’s need to sign him ensures the power in these negotiations lies with the Portuguese side.
Porro’s signing will also likely mean at least one departure from Tottenham too in the shape of Djed Spence.
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