The Telegraph have revealed that Pedro Porro applied pressure on Sporting Lisbon to reach an agreement with Tottenham after the negotiations hit a roadblock yesterday.
Just when it seemed as though the deal to bring Porro to Spurs was all but done over the weekend, it emerged out of the blue yesterday morning that Sporting Lisbon had reneged on the terms of the deal, thus putting the move in major doubt (The Athletic’s David Ornstein).
Fabrizio Romano revealed a few hours later that the 23-year-old had refused to train with his Sporting teammates yesterday after he heard about the development, as he was keen to join Spurs.
Things eventually fell into place yesterday evening, although Tottenham reportedly had to offer £42m to Sporting and wave off a part of their sell-on clause for Marcus Edwards in order to strike a full agreement with the Portuguese club for the right-back (Daily Mail).
The Telegraph have suggested that Porro himself may have played a part in the deal going through, with the right-back thought to have had his heart set on joining Tottenham immediately.
The report states that the Spaniard pressured Ruben Amorim’s side to accept a deal of around £39.5m with Spurs.
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Sporting Lisbon not only blindsided Tottenham but they seemingly also went back on their word to Porro. In the end, it seems like they left Spurs with no choice but to pay extra for the right-back. I do not think the Tottenham hierarchy will consider dealing with Sporting again on any transfer for a few years.
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