According to a report from Record, Tottenham Hotspur have made an offer for Sporting Lisbon defender Pedro Porro which includes bonus fees, but it is still far from the Portuguese club’s valuation of the player (via SportWitness 18/01/23).
The Pedro Porro situation is becoming quite the saga, with the 23-year-old wing-back repeatedly being linked with a move to Tottenham this month. However, negotiations are believed to be still ongoing and little progress is being made by the sounds of it.
AS recently claimed Sporting are standing firm and will only sell their star man if his release clause of around £40 million is met.
It is suspected that Spurs’ reluctance to offer that fee is because they would have to pay the whole amount up front, whereas they would rather pay in instalments (Alasdair Gold for Football.London).
Fabrizio Romano had an update on the situation yesterday, tweeting to report that both Spurs and Sporting Lisbon had been in negotiations over the deal over the past 24 hours and claiming the player himself was keen on the move to North London.
Romano added that talks are expected to continue throughout the next week, but if Spurs are intent on getting this signing across the line, they will probably need to improve their offer. The latest from Record suggests Spurs and Sporting are pretty far apart in their valuations for Porro.
While Sporting are holding out for €45m (£39.4m) as per Porro’s release clause, Tottenham have made an offer of €34m (£29.7m) plus bonuses.
Spurs are hoping the £9.6m difference in the two figures can be bridged by including add-ons, but it is expected this notion will be “outright rejected” by Sporting.
Despite this, the report claims it is still “possible to conclude the negotiations” before deadline day, and it is believed Spurs boss Antonio Conte is “putting pressure” on his board to “speed up the hiring of reinforcements.”
Spurs Web Opinion
I still cannot understand why we are messing around over these fees. If we want the player, we should pay his release clause and just get it done. It’s not like the club can be short on money, surely, but who knows what’s going on behind the scenes.
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