Tottenham Hotspur coach Antonio Conte already has a role for Pedro Porro mapped out as his transfer from Sporting Lisbon edges closer. Spurs are increasingly confident of the deal.
That is according to The Sun, which reports Conte will throw Porro into the Tottenham side after his transfer. The Italian is eager to usher the 23-year-old straight into his line-up over Matt Doherty and Emerson Royal. Even though Spurs signed Djed Spence for £20m in July.
A deal for Porro is set to cost Tottenham up to £40m after Daniel Levy spoke with Sporting Lisbon. Spurs have been locked in talks with the Leoes over the past few days to negotiate the structure of a deal. Levy has long refused to trigger the full-back’s release clause in full.
Sporting Lisbon, though, also refused to accept a lesser offer after Tottenham submitted a £32.5m bid for Porro’s transfer. Instead, Spurs will pay the value of the release clause with add-ons and bonuses. Levy sees the deal as a sign of supporting Conte’s vision for Spurs.
Conte has wanted Tottenham to sign a wing-back that he believes suits his squad since the summer. Porro emerged as the north Londoners’ top target for the role and talks are now heading in a positive direction. The deal will also see Manchester City bank a sell-one fee.
Sporting Lisbon are netting a quick profit with Porro’s transfer to Tottenham
The Sun adds that Sporting Lisbon will owe Manchester City 30% of whatever Tottenham pay for Porro’s transfer. The Citizens secured a sell-on fee as part of the defender’s move to the Estadio Jose Alvalade last May for £7m. He had been on loan at the club since 2020.
Porro never featured for the Etihad Stadium outfit having also enjoyed a loan spell at Real Valladolid. But Conte is confident in what the Spaniard will offer Spurs as he has recorded 11 assists this term. The defender has also hit three goals in 25 games in all competitions.
According to Graeme Bailey, scouts who have tracked Porro believe he can become a ‘very special’ right-back, too. So, as Conte plans to put Porro straight in his starting XI, he could make his Premier League debut for Tottenham at home to Manchester City on February 5.
If Levy can seal the deal in time, Porro may even be available for Tottenham’s FA Cup trip to Preston North End. Spurs visit the Championship club in the fourth round this Saturday.