Brutal Daniel Levy sabotaged second Tottenham deal after late Pedro Porro transfer row emerges
The finer details around the late transfer window move that took Pedro Porro to Tottenham minutes before the deadline have emerged – with Fabrizio Romano revealing how Daniel Levy sacrificed another deal to make the signing happen.
The on-off transfer saga finally got the resolution Antonio Conte craved – but only just before the deadline at 11pm. Having chased the player for most of the month, and following hours of talks, Spurs ultimately signed Porro on an initial loan deal. That comes with an obligation to make the move permanent in the summer.
Conte had locked on to the Spaniard well before the window opened. But with Sporting Lisbon proving tough nuts to crack, they continued to refuse to sell for a fee below his exit clause.
To that end, Tottenham saw two initial offers fail. And while the second one was only a few million short, Sporting continued to hold their ground. Indeed, at one point earlier in the week, the move looked to have fallen through. However, Levy then intervened, taking over the negotiations to eventually push the transfer through.
The arrival of Porro, though, will have taken Tottenham’s right-back options to four, five if you include Japhet Tangana. As such it was obvious that departures would come around as a result of the Spaniard’s arrival.
Indeed, Tottenham allowed Djed Spence to move on loan to France with Rennes. However, the bigger surprise was to come when Matt Doherty had his Spurs deal ripped up, allowing him to join Atletico Madrid on a free transfer.
However, the biggest story of all was how Levy finally managed to twist Sporting’s arm over the departure of Porro.
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Fabrizio Romano explains how Tottenham secured Pedro Porro deal
And Spurs have agreed to a series of demands from Sporting Lisbon. Including the sabotaging, if you will, of another Tottenham deal.
Romano has the inside track of the transfer and claim Tottenham are paying Sporting a £4.4m (€5m) loan fee first up. That deal then contains an obligation to make the move permanent in the summer for £35.6m (€40m). And that takes Tottenham’s total outlay to £39.8m (€45m) which is what the player’s release clause is.
However – and this is where Sporting appear to have gotten the better out of Levy – Romano has revealed how another Tottenham transfer arrangement has been impacted.
Indeed, Sporting have managed to convince Levy to sell them 15% of their rights over Marcus Edwards. The former Tottenham winger moved to Lisbon back in January 2022 for a fee of just £7.5m. However, Spurs negotiated a whopping 50% sell-on clause of any future sale of the player.
And with the star since shining bright for the Portuguese giants, Sporting had been looking for ways to reverse on that deal. Expecting the 24-year-old to be their next major sale, Sporting are wary of the fact they would need to send 50% of his transfer fee back to Tottenham.
However, as part of the deal, Tottenham are waiving 15% of that fee. That means any future sale of Edwards will see Tottenham’s share reduced to 35%. And while still pretty sizeable, that would save the club millions.
Romano claims Tottenham are also covering all solidarity payments around the transfer. And the 23-year-old will sign a deal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium until summer 2028.
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