Sporting Lisbon has confirmed that Tottenham Hotspur will be paying a fee of £38.6m to make Pedro Porro’s move permanent.
Spurs signed Porro during the January transfer window on an initial loan deal with an obligation to make the transfer permanent in the summer.
The Spaniard has had difficult first six months in North London, having played under three different managers in the form of Antonio Conte, Cristian Stellini and Ryan Mason, and will now play under his fourth in Ange Postecoglou.
Although doubts have been raised about Porro’s defending, the 23-year-old has shown glimpses of his exceptional quality going forward, having scored three times and picked up three assists in 15 Premier League appearances so far (Transfermarkt).
Tottenham will pay exactly £38.4m for Pedro Porro
Sporting have now officially confirmed that they will receive €40m (£34.2m) from Tottenham for the right-back in addition to the €5m (£4.2m) loan fee they paid in January, thus bringing the total cost of the operation to £38.4m.
Their statement read (as relayed by Football.London): “Sporting SAD reached an agreement with Tottenham Hotspur for the temporary transfer of player Pedro Porro, until the end of the season 2022/2023, for the sum of 5m euros.
“The agreement includes the option to permanently acquire the player’s sporting rights, by the amount of 40m euros, which can be exercised by Tottenham or by Sporting with effect from the 1st of July 2023 and consequent definitive assignment of the player to Tottenham.
“The value of the solidarity mechanism due to third-party clubs will be supported by approximately 95% by Tottenham.”
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Ryan Mason came up with a creative solution to maximise Porro’s attacking qualities while also reducing his need to defend by employing a formation that shifted from a back five to a back four in possession.
I do not expect Postecoglou to veer away from his tried and tested back four with inverted full-backs, which is not a system that Porro naturally fits into.
So, it will be interesting to see how the Australian uses the 23-year-old.
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