According to The Independent, Tottenham Hotspur are finding a deal for Porto right back Ricardo Pereira more difficult than they first anticipated.
Spurs parted ways with right back Kyle Walker on Friday afternoon, selling him to Manchester City in a deal that will eventually reach £50million, as noted by BBC Sport – and that leaves Mauricio Pochettino to weigh up his options.
Portugal's Ricardo Pereira in action with Germany's Dominique Heintz
Pochettino did see Kieran Trippier excel towards the end of last season, whilst he also has a promising, up-and-coming right back emerging through the ranks in Kyle Walker-Peters.
Ultimately though, Spurs are expected to sign another right back this summer, and whilst a host of players have been linked, the strongest rumour has been surrounding Porto's Ricardo Pereira.
The 23-year-old spent the last two seasons on loan at French side Nice, and he impressed last term with two goals and four assists in 24 appearances under Lucien Favre.
Now, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is allegedly keen to sign Pereira as Walker's replacement, but The Independent claim that Tottenham are finding a deal to sign him much more difficult than they first expected.
Porto may well be holding out for Pereira's €25million (£22million) release clause rather than attempt to negotiate a lower price with Spurs, and what would leave Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to consider the next move.
Ricardo Pereira celebrates scoring for Nice
Pereira's pace and attacking play makes him perfect to replace Walker, whilst he also has experience of playing all the way up the right flank and even as a left wing back, making him a versatile option for Pochettino.
At just 23, Pereira still has huge potential to tap into, and if Spurs want to replace Walker with a player who can also threaten defences with pace, then Pereira is ideal – and for less than half of what Walker was sold for, Levy should at least give strong consideration to paying Pereira's release clause and handing Pochettino the full back he wants.
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