According to recent reports, Tottenham Hotspur have made Sporting CP an initial transfer offer for Pedro Porro..
According to football.london, Spurs manager Antonio Conte has two priorities this month: signing a new attacking player and a right wing-back, with Porro being one player of interest to the north London club. According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, the Lillywhites have made an initial bid for the Spaniard that includes cash plus one player.
The Portuguese club, however, is said to have rejected this proposal, instead demanding the entire €45 million (£39 million) release clause. Porro, 23, has emerged as one of Europe’s most exciting young wingbacks in recent years, with one goal and five assists in 13 league appearances..
These figures are not a fluke, and his underlying data is equally impressive. According to fbref, Porro has averaged 0.36 xAG (expected assisted goals) and 3.66 shot-creating actions per 90 minutes in the Primeira Liga this season. However, there has been some speculation that the talented defender may not have the physical attributes to thrive as a wingback in Conte’s system. Alasdair Gold, London’s chief Tottenham correspondent.
“The only thing I would say, I have heard a couple of murmurs that there’s some doubt over whether, physically, he fits the mould of a Conte wing-back,” he said about Porro on the Gold and Guest Talk Tottenham podcast..
I think he’s 5ft 7in; I don’t think he’s a big guy, and obviously, the players Conte normally uses in wing-back roles are quite big, tough players..
Perisic is a good example of someone he’s previously used.” It remains to be seen whether Spurs will be able to complete a deal for the Spanish international during the winter transfer window, but it is clear that the Lillywhites need reinforcements this month following their 2-0 loss to Arsenal in the North London Derby on Sunday.
Conte’s team will travel to the Etihad Stadium on Thursday night to face Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, with whom they did the double last season..
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