Spurs have spoken to Porro's representatives, unlike Chelsea - journalist
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Spurs have spoken to Porro's representatives, unlike Chelsea - journalist

Journalist Ben Jacobs has told The Football Terrace that the key difference between Tottenham Hotspur‘s bid to sign Pedro Porro and Chelsea’s is that Spurs have spoken with the player’s representatives about a move during the January transfer window.

Porro remains available in this window after weeks of speculation. The sticking point appears to be the transfer fee, with Sporting only prepared to let him go if his £40 million release clause is triggered.

LISBON, PORTUGAL – 2022/12/29: Pedro Porro of Sporting CP seen in action during the Liga Bwin match between Sporting CP and Paços de Ferreira at Estadio José Alvalade. (Final score: Sporting CP 3:0 FC Paços de Ferreira). (Photo by David Martins/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

A further complication to Tottenham’s pursuit of Porro is that they are not his only admirer. Reports from Record earlier this month suggested that Barcelona want the 23-year-old.

Tottenham have spoken to representatives of Pedro Porro

Meanwhile, Jacobs has noted that Chelsea are also in the running. However, Spurs appear to be further along in their push to sign Porro, having discussed terms for the player himself.

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“From Chelsea’s point of view they would be more likely to explore the number of 45 million Euros but they would not want to trigger the release clause and pay it in one lump sum. They would try and establish a structure that is a bit more preferable,” he told The Football Terrace.

“The difference between the two clubs is that Tottenham have actually actively gone to the player’s side and discussed prospective terms and got a strong element of buy in.

“Chelsea, though, have the player on the radar – but we wait and see whether they move.

“It could be termed a hijack in some senses, but Tottenham will argue that at this point they don’t want to pay a release clause so they are hoping for a lower or a different deal.

“From Chelsea’s point of view they haven’t really done anything to advance at this stage, but it’s very clear that Chelsea would like to strengthen in that area.”

Spurs surely awaiting asking price drop

It does appear that Tottenham may be relying on Sporting lowering their demands before the deadline passes if they going to sign Porro.

Judging by Jacobs’ comments, Porro is keen to make the move. And the release clause opens the door for Tottenham to take Sporting out of the equation.

That is a risk when clubs such as Chelsea are sniffing around. Their new owners have shown that they are prepared to splash the cash. And while they have not spoken to the player’s representatives, you would imagine that they would be able to catch up with Tottenham in the race.

Spurs fans may be divided about the prospect of signing Porro. Right wing-back remains an issue for Tottenham under Antonio Conte. And it seems that neither Emerson Royal or Matt Doherty have been particularly convincing in the role.

Porro is clearly a major talent. He shone against Spurs in the Champions League. And Chelsea and Barca are also admirers. But a £40 million fee would be a potential gamble.

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