Tottenham to re-open talks to sign 23-year-old in next 48 hours
The Daily Mail report that Spurs made an initial player-plus-cash bid for the Spanish international but it has been turned down.
Sporting have been resolute throughout the transfer window that they will only accept an offer which triggers Porro’s release clause this month.
Daniel Levy always tries to drive a hard bargain, even if it slows down the process of transfer negotiations, however.
Tottenham set for more Porro talks
So Spurs have clearly tried to get around paying as much upfront by offering a player in the first instance, but it has not worked.
Spurs have three right wing-backs already on their books; Matt Doherty, Djed Spence and Emerson Royal, and it seems they would need to get rid of at least one of them if Porro came in.
It has been reported that Emerson and Doherty are actually making it harder to get Porro through the door, as the pair are settled in London and do not want to leave this month.
Spence may well be loaned out, but if Porro came in, that would still be three senior options for the same position, which could be a squad management issue for Conte.
It seems Spurs have not been put off and will enter talks again over Porro before the end of the week, to try and see if another solution can be found.
At this stage, it feels unlikely that Sporting will do anything other than stick to their stance that only an offer which triggers Porro’s release clause will be accepted.
That said, they must have some confidence Spurs will say something they want to hear, or they would have walked away from talks over their ‘dangerous‘ attacking wing-back.