Tottenham have been showing a lot of interest in Porto right back Ricardo, who has emerged as the replacement for Kyle Walker. The England international is on the wishlist of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, and it appears that the defender has made his decision to move to the Etihad stadium. City are expected to begin the formal process of making an offer, which may be around £40million. The exit of the England star would leave Spurs with a huge gap to fill at the back. The 27-year-old was instrumental in our success last season.
Pereira may have failed to win the Portuguese league title after watching Benfica finish on top of the table, but he has certainly impressed his suitors with some brilliant performances. The 23-year-old has a £22million release clause in his contract, and this appears to be a hugely unattractive option for chairman Daniel Levy, who is always known for being a hard negotiator.
As a result, the long negotiations with Porto seem to have yielded results, as London Football News claim that Spurs could sign the player for around £13million – which £9million less than the release clause. Tottenham may land the player for If we are indeed able to complete the signing of the 23-year-old at this price, it would be another feather in the cap of Levy. The price of £13million for a right back with a lot of potential and age is truly remarkable these days.
Pereira moved to Porto back in 2013. However, he has been able to play only 34 games for the Portuguese outfit, as he has spent the majority of his time on loan at French outfit Nice. In this period, he transformed his talent into performances on the pitch.
Pereira is now known for his attacking threat, while his pace and athleticism is a huge bonus. This would certainly fit the formation with wingbacks employed by manager Mauricio Pochettino to great success. Kyle Walker and Danny Rose were the full-backs, and now Pereira could play instead of Walker.