CBS Sports journalist Ben Jacobs has revealed that Tottenham have made more advanced moves for Pedro Porro compared to rivals Chelsea with the north London club having already held talks with the player’s representatives.
It seems like Tottenham and Sporting Lisbon are playing a game of cat and mouse in the negotiations for Porro, with the Portuguese club demanding that the player’s £40m release clause be met while the Lilywhites believe that the player can be signed for a lower fee (AS).
Mundo Deportivo provided a concerning update on Tuesday, stating that Chelsea had moved ahead of Spurs in the race for the Spaniard.
The same information was also subsequently backed up by CMW, who claimed that despite Porro being of strong interest to both Juventus and Spurs, it is Chelsea who are the frontrunners to land the Spaniard.
However, Jacobs has now gone someway to alleviating Spurs fans’ fears by explaining that the Blues have not held talks with the 23-year-old’s representatives and suggesting that the Stamford Bridge outfit are also hesitant to meet the player’s release clause.
When asked about Porro’s future, the journalist said on The Football Terrace: “From Chelsea’s point of view, they would be more likely to explore the number of 45 million Euros but they would not want to trigger the release clause and pay it in one lump sum. They would try and establish a structure that is a bit more preferable.
“The difference between the two clubs is that Tottenham have actually actively gone to the player’s side and discussed prospective terms and got a strong element of buy in.
“Chelsea, though, have the player on the radar – but we wait and see whether they move. It could be termed a hijack in some senses, but Tottenham will argue that at this point they don’t want to pay a release clause so they are hoping for a lower or a different deal.
“From Chelsea’s point of view, they haven’t really done anything to advance at this stage, but it’s very clear that Chelsea would like to strengthen in that area.”
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While Porro is seemingly Tottenham’s top target for the right wing-back role, it does not appear as if the Spaniard is one the top of Graham Potter’s wishlist. It seems like Spurs are prepared to wait until the later stages of the window to see if Sporting will relax their demands for the right-back.
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