Sporting Lisbon boss Ruben Amorim has said that Tottenham Hotspur would have to pay Pedro Goncalves’ bumper release clause if they wish to sign the midfielder.

Goncalves has been one of the standout players in the Portuguese top flight over the last couple of years and the attacking midfielder has seemingly taken his game up another notch this season, with 17 goals and 12 assists across all competitions so far in 2022-23 (Transfermarkt).

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90 min reported last week that Spurs had expressed an interest in the 24-year-old and were ‘watching him closely’ ahead of the summer transfer window.

This was followed up by a report from Record (13/04/23 via Sport Witness) on Thursday, which claimed that Spurs had first been alerted to Goncalves during their Champions League clashes with Sporting earlier this season.

The outlet added that the Lions will not let the midfielder leave unless his €80m (£70.6m) release clause is met as they owe his former club, Famalicao, 50 per cent of any transfer fee they receive for the player.

Amorim has now pointed to the Pedro Porro deal as evidence that Sporting will not budge until Goncalves’ release clause is met.

When asked about Tottenham’s rumoured interest in the attacking midfielder (who is nicknamed ‘Pote’), he told Record: “There’s a very good strategy and we have already proved that with Porro’s sale: until they give €80m, Pote will stay here! If they do, maybe I’ll even take him there, but until they do, he’ll stay at Sporting.”

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Given the way Sporting seemingly shifted the goalposts during the negotiations for Porro, I do not think Levy will be too keen on entering into talks with the Portuguese club over one of their players this summer.

I also do not see any of Europe’s elite clubs paying over £70m for Goncalves.

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