The print edition of Correio da Manha (02/02/23 as relayed by Sport Witness) has suggested that Tottenham may not have to pay Pedro Porro’s release clause to snap up the Sporting Lisbon star this month.
Various contradictory reports have emerged regarding Tottenham’s pursuit of Porro over the last few days. Both The Daily Star and Barza.com have revealed recently that the North London club are close to completing a £35m deal for the right-back.
However, this has been refuted by Record, who have reported that Porro is not likely to leave Sporting in January while Sky Sports claimed on Monday that Tottenham have cooled their interest in the player after the Portuguese club asked the Premier League club to pay his €45m (£39.7m) release clause.
Correio da Manha have now suggested there are chances that an agreement could be reached between the two parties for the Spaniard this month.
The publication states that even though Sporting were planning on hanging on to Porro until the end of the season, Ruben Amorim’s side would consider a potential sale if they receive an offer of €40m (£35.3m).
The report also adds that while Porro’s wish is to remain at Jose Alvalade Stadium, the right-back could change his mind if he receives an offer of ‘millions’.
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It is unclear if Sporting are playing hardball to get Spurs to increase their offer or if they genuinely do not plan on letting Porro leave this month unless his release clause is met. It likely will not be much of a challenge for Tottenham to convince the player to make the move in January.