Sporting Lisbon boss Ruben Amorim has insisted that he has no doubt that Pedro Porro will remain fully focused on doing well for Sporting Lisbon at the moment despite the increasing speculation linking the right-back with a move to Tottenham.

Porro is reportedly Tottenham’s top right wing-back target this summer but the North London club’s pursuit of the 23-year-old has been dragging on for a couple of weeks as they are allegedly not willing to meet the player’s £40m release clause (AS).

Pedro Porro

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Multiple outlets have continued to report over the past week that Sporting are in no mood to let the Spaniard leave until his release clause is met (Guardian).

Spurs fans might be hopeful of some movement on the transfer over the next few days as O Jogo claimed last Thursday that Sporting did not want to negotiate a deal for Porro until the derby clash against Benfica was out of the way.

The right-back played all 90 minutes in the derby on Sunday, which ended in a 2-2 draw, a result which meant the Eagles remain at the top of the table, currently sitting 12 points clear of Sporting in fourth place.

Ahead of the clash at the Estadio da Luz, Amorim was asked about the speculation over Porro and he told Record (via Sport Witness): “I’ve been a player and I know these are complicated phases.

“But it’s a good complication. It’s worse for those who are about to be laid off, have nowhere to go and don’t know what the future holds. He will always be at a big club. He is already at a great club and is happy at Sporting.

“Now, when the windows are open and the players are wanted, when it is obvious that there are clubs making proposals, that always moves the players. But, the ball rolling, he will concentrate. He’s had an excellent championship, knowing that there has been this interest for a long time.”

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If it is the case that Sporting wanted to ensure Porro plays in the big derby, we should see the negotiations accelerate over the coming days. Perhaps the North London derby loss might also convince the Tottenham hierarchy to pay extra to land the player quickly.

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