According to the print edition of Correio da Manha (03/01/23 as relayed by Sport Witness), Tottenham are unwilling to pay Pedro Porro’s release clause, partly due to the sell-on fee that Sporting Lisbon owe to Manchester City for the right-back.
While it seems fairly clear based on the various reports over the past few weeks that Porro is Tottenham’s top target for the right wing-back role (Calciomercato), what is not clear is the North London club’s chances of getting a deal for the 23-year-old over the line.
However, this information has been contradicted by Record, who revealed a couple of days ago that the Premier League club are not likely to meet the player’s €45m (£39.7m) release clause, which is why the right-back is expected to stay at Jose Alvalade Stadium.
Correio da Manha have now expanded on why Spurs are unwilling to pay Porro’s release clause.
The publication explains that Manchester City not only have the option to buy back the Spaniard from Sporting for €20m (£17.6m) but they have also inserted a significant sell-on clause in the deal.
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The report explains that Pep Guardiola’s men could end up making a profit of €25m (£22m) on Porro if the player’s release clause is met.
However, Correio da Manha add that if Tottenham pay €40m (£35.2m) for the right-back, Sporting would be able to keep €26.5m (£23.3m) even after sending a percentage of the fee to City and the player’s agent.
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It sounds like they are saying Sporting do not want Tottenham to meet Porro’s release clause as that would mean that City are entitled to a larger portion of the transfer fee. One also wonders why City would just not activate the buy-back clause for Porro anyway and make a direct profit by selling him to Spurs.