Report: Tottenham asking coaches who worked at Manchester City for info on January transfer target
Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with Pedro Porro in recent weeks.
In November, Jornal de Noticias claimed Spurs were one of several clubs eyeing the Sporting CP right-back.
There have been further reports from Portugal regarding Spurs’ apparent interest in the 23-year-old.
O Jogo – again via Sport Witness – claim Porro is ‘in a batch of players’ Fabio Paratici is eyeing for a move.
He has also ‘been watched’ by the Tottenham scouts this year.
However, the Spurs hierarchy apparently has some concerns about Porro.
The ‘biggest doubts’ that Spurs have is about his ‘physical condition’.
Porro has suffered several muscle injuries during his career, spending 126 days on the sidelines since 2018-19.
This has apparently concerned Tottenham, given Antonio Conte’s high-intensity style of play.
Spurs are said to have contacted ‘former Manchester City officials’ to get a ‘more informed opinion’ on the defender.
For context, Porro joined Sporting from City this summer for around £7.3million.
The Primeira Liga side had him on a two-year loan, and he impressed so much they decided to sign him permanently.
Questions over Porro’s fitness, alongside his €45m release clause (£39.2m), have reportedly stopped Tottenham from making a move just yet.
They are open to negotiations, although it’s made clear that summer talks would be more ‘beneficial’ for Sporting.
Tottenham right to do due diligence
It is no secret that Antonio Conte could do with bringing in reinforcements at right wing-back.
Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty haven’t exactly dazzled for Tottenham this season.
Meanwhile, Conte doesn’t seem as though he fully trusts Djed Spence with regular game time just yet.
With all that in mind, it makes sense for Spurs to be looking elsewhere.
While Porro is a great player, Tottenham are right to be doing extensive due diligence on his fitness.