CBS Sports journalist Ben Jacobs has said that Chelsea might look to hijack Tottenham’s move for Pedro Porro if the Blues are not able to snap up Lyon right-back Malo Gusto.

Fabrizio Romano revealed on Thursday night that both Tottenham and Sporting Lisbon are ‘confident’ of finalising a deal for Porro sooner rather than later.  The journalist revealed that the 23-year-old had already agreed to a contract until 2028 with Spurs ahead of his impending switch.

Pedro Porro

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Meanwhile, UOL Esporte journalist Bruno Andrade also stated yesterday that the move is all but done, with Spurs agreeing to pay £39.5m for the right-back over three or four instalments.

Chelsea’s move for Gusto seems to have hit a hiccup over the last 24 hours, with Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas even telling ESPN on Thursday that the 19-year-old will remain at the Ligue 1 club until the end of the season.

Jacobs believes that this development may mean bad news for Spurs as Graham Potter’s men could make a late assault for Porro.

When asked about Tottenham’s pursuit of Porro, he told The Done Deal Show: “Ultimately, they’re finding that the package has to be €45m, and now they’re trying to understand if that’s only by triggering the release clause or if things can be done differently.

“What complicates things late in the window is that you start with a target and your rivals are looking at other names, but if Chelsea don’t succeed with Malo Gusto then Tottenham could have a problem and Chelsea may enter the race into the race for Porro, and when you have a high release clause, you may find that someone fancies triggering it to get a deal done.”

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As we just saw with the Arnaut Danjuma deal earlier this week, a transfer is never done until a player has officially signed on the dotted line. So, the longer Spurs wait before striking a full agreement with Sporting Lisbon, the higher the chances of another club swooping for Porro.

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