Sporting Lisbon to finalise £7m Pedro Porro transfer from Man City before pre-season
According to A Bola, Sporting Lisbon hope to finalise a permanent transfer for Man City loanee Pedro Porro.
The Liga NOS champions hope to wrap up a deal for the Spaniard before the start of their pre-season programme. Porro was one of the standout performers of Ruben Amorim’s side as he ended Sporting’s 19-year wait for another title.
Porro moved to the Jose Alvalade Stadium on a two-year loan deal last August following a spell with Real Valladolid. Sporting hold an option to purchase the 21-year-old in 2022 but hope to bring forward the clause by a year.
Sporting will pay Man City €8.5m (£7m) to sign Porro on a permanent deal. He will be offered a four-year contract running to 2025, should the one-cap full-back accept the move.
Porro was a fixture of Amorim’s plans as Sporting beat Porto and Benfica to the Liga NOS title. The Girona product started all 30 of his Portuguese top-flight appearances in a mostly wide midfield capacity rather than full-back.
He further offered Sporting three goals and two assists, while shown just four yellow cards. Porro’s goal in the Allianz Cup final also sealed a 1-0 win over Braga in January.
After moving to Man City for £11m (90min) from Girona in 2019, Porro is yet to make a single appearance. The Don Benito native additionally only started seven of his 13 La Liga outings while on loan at Valladolid.
TBR’s view: Man City will rue Porro clause
Man City will surely rue allowing Sporting to hold a purchase clause worth almost half what they paid for Porro. While the Spaniard struggled to establish himself at Valladolid, he has been a star for the Liga NOS side.
His performances in a title-winning season under Amorim could have seen the Citizens recoup much more of what they paid. Instead, they are obliged to accept a big hit on a player now starting to find his feet and handed his senior international debut in March.
Amorim has also been full of praise for Porro while on loan from Man City. The Sporting boss noted via O Jogo after his call-up to the Spain squad: “He’s a great kid, of course he deserves all the luck in the world.”
Another year under Amorim could see Porro take his game to an even higher level. All the while Man City are left to watch a player they never gave a chance to kick on in his career.
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