Portuguese outlet O Jogo (via SportWitness) claim Pedro Porro’s move to Tottenham Hotspur should still go through soon, despite Record suggesting the North London side are risking the deal collapsing over their reluctance to pay an additional €3million (£2.6million) as part of the deal.
Porro has been Tottenham’s number one target all month, and negotiations for the proposed move from Sporting Lisbon have been long drawn-out and very frustrating for all parties it seems. It was thought that the move would finally go through after both clubs reached full agreement over the weekend (Fabrizio Romano).
The deal has hit a snag in the last 24 hours it seems, with the Evening Standard claiming the move would be called off after Sporting ‘moved the goalposts’.
Porro himself is thought to be distraught over these developments, as he had already said farewell to those connected with Sporting and had his heart set on the move to Spurs (The Athletic).
Now the latest reports from Portugal offer two perspectives. According to O Jogo, the deal is “practically finalised” and while there are “rough edges to be ironed out,” the outlet expects the deal to be confirmed in “the next few hours.”
Contrary to reports, the publication suggests the move is “not at risk” despite a number of “advances and retreats” in the negotiations.
However, Record claims that Spurs could be putting the move in danger because they are unwilling to follow through on a €48milion (£42million) fee to be paid in installments as per a verbal agreement. The outlet claims the situation was “more shaky than ever yesterday,” but can be resolved if Spurs stick to the agreement.
This information is also backed up by The Times, who report Sporting wants Tottenham to pay around £2.6 million to cover the cost of payment methods to administer the deal after the fee had been agreed.
Spurs Web Opinion
There are lots of conflicting reports about whose fault this situation is, but the bottom line once more is, if we just pay his release clause in full, the deal is done. It is as simple as that and has been that way all month.
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