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Tottenham Hotspur put off by Sporting CP star Pedro Porro’s £40m release clause

Tottenham Hotspur have cooled their interest in Sporting CP defender Pedro Porro after learning that they would need to meet his 40million Pound release clause if they want to sign him, as per Sky Sports (h/t Daily Mail).

He signed for the Portuguese club on a two-year loan deal from Manchester City before Sporting activated a 7.2million Pound buy-out clause in his contract. Now, Sporting have admitted that the player has a release clause.

Spurs seem to have been put off by it. Pedro Porro’s name has been linked to Tottenham this season as they look to add quality down the right-hand side of their defence.

Sporting Lisbon's Pedro Porro fights for the ball with Tottenham Hotspur's Ivan Perisic.
Sporting Lisbon’s Pedro Porro fights for the ball with Tottenham Hotspur’s Ivan Perisic during a 2022-23 UEFA Champions League group-stage game. (Photo by CARLOS COSTA/AFP via Getty Images)

Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty could be upgraded on and Porro could be an option in that regard. Djed Spence has been cast aside by manager Antonio Conte and the Englishman doesn’t seem like getting any meaningful minutes anytime soon.

What should Tottenham do?

Spurs’ decision not to pursue, or at least cool their interest in the former Man City right-back, isn’t ridiculous. Of course, it could anger fans who would want the club to be able to splash money on whatever quality player they are linked with.

But his release clause will translate to around 45.4million Euros in current market rate. If we set aside inflation and focus on raw values, Porro could be Sporting CP’s second-most expensive sale since Bruno Fernandes if his release clause is met.

Arthur Gomes of Sporting CP celebrates scoring their side's first goal with teammate Pedro Porro. (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)
Arthur Gomes of Sporting CP celebrates scoring their side’s first goal with teammate Pedro Porro. (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)

Has he warranted such a price tag? Not on the field. Sure, he has the potential and he has shown he can contribute up the field with 10 assists in 21 games this campaign.

But the price-tag is arguably a bit much for a player who has only reached this level of stardom this campaign. Perhaps another year of it could be enough to warrant such an amount.

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Of course, quality costs money and while we all would have hoped Tottenham had cash to throw around on every player they supposedly want, it is wise to stay realistic. The author has a gut feeling that this transfer saga isn’t over just yet.

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