Tottenham 'cool' Pedro Porro interest over £40 million release clause

Tottenham ‘cool interest’ in Sporting Lisbon wing back Pedro Porro with club ‘not prepared to pay £40 million release clause’ despite Antonio Conte demand for the club to improve the quality of his side

  • Tottenham hold an interest in Sporting Libson right wing back Pedro Porro
  • The Premier League side are unwilling to pay Porro’s £40 million release clause
  • Right wing back has been a long standing problem position for the club
  • Antonio Conte has insisted the club must invest to compete for trophies

Tottenham have reportedly ‘cooled their initial interest’ in Sporting Lisbon right wing back Pedro Porro with the club unwilling to pay the full £40 million release clause.

Right wing back has been a long-standing concern for Tottenham, with Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty failing to impress.

Summer signing Djed Spence is also yet to start a match since joining, after boss Antonio Conte labelled the England under-21 international as a ‘club signing’.

Tottenham have reportedly cooled their interest in Sporting Lisbon full back Pedro Porro

Tottenham have reportedly held an interest in signing Porro to resolve the problem position.

The club are unwilling to meet Sporting Lisbon’s demand to pay his £40 million release clause, according to Sky Sports.

Sporting manager Ruben Amorim claimed last month that Porro should be considered as ‘one of the great full backs in Europe’ and admitted the Portuguese club would be unable to prevent the Spaniard from leaving if a club activated the clause.

Spurs are reportedly unwilling to pay the £40 million release clause in Porro’s contract

The full back was previously at Manchester City but failed to make an appearance for the Premier League champions.

Porro initially joined Sporting on a two-year loan deal before the Portuguese club activated a £7.2 million buy option.

Sporting confirmed Porro had a release clause of £40 million in his contract.

Porro has played 93 appearances for the club, scoring 11 goals and providing 19 assists.

The full back, who has one cap for Spain, played against Spurs in the Champions League group stage this season.

Antonio Conte has called for Tottenham to invest to improve the quality of his side

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has insisted money needs to be spent in upcoming windows to compete at the top of the Premier League.

The Italian claimed there were ‘unrealistic expectations’ on his side following their 2-0 home defeat to Aston Villa.

‘I was very clear with the club, because I remember very well in the summer, people talking about Tottenham as title contenders,’ Conte said after the defeat. ‘It was a bit crazy to read this. To become a title contender, to become a team ready to fight to win something, you need to have a solid foundation.

Spurs supporters voiced frustration at chairman Daniel Levy during the defeat to Aston Villa

‘That means to have 14 or 15 strong players, quality and the other young players to develop. And, every season, you can add two players by investing £50m, £60m, £70m, and this means you are signing important players that improve quality and the level of your team.’

Conte had suggested Tottenham would need a ‘miracle’ to secure Champions League qualification this season, while supporters turned on chairman Daniel Levy with a chorus imploring him to ‘get out of the club’ during the defeat to Aston Villa.

Spurs are currently two points outside the top four, but have suffered four defeats in their past seven Premier League games. 

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