Presenter and journalist Alison Bender has tipped Tottenham Hotspur target Pedro Porro to choose Spurs over others rivalling for his signature.
90min has reported that Antonio Conte’s side are not the only Premier League club in the race to sign the Sporting CP right-back.
Indeed, Chelsea want the player to be another option in the right-back position to compete with Reece James.
According to the same outlet, Spurs have held talks with the Portuguese side about a potential deal for the right-back, who has a release clause of €45m (£39.8m).
The 24-year-old is having a strong campaign with Sporting, with a Sofascore league rating of 7.20 the fourth-highest of any player in their squad.
And speaking on the Transfer Gossip Daily podcast, Bender claims Conte knows his side better than Potter’s Chelsea and believes a move to north London would be a better destination for the defender.
She stated: “We [Chelsea] have to accept right now we are a club in transition. I feel like Conte knows his better side more than Potter does right now, and so it [Spurs] could be a better opportunity for him.
“Obviously, the people that are advising him are going to want him to have as much playing time as possible because you never want to be on the bench waiting and hoping for an opportunity.”
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The right-back position has been described as the most ‘fragile’ area of Tottenham’s squad, so it’s clear as to why they could be in the market for one this winter.
Due to his impressive season with Sporting, we can see why Conte wants to sign Porro and why he’s recently been described as a potential ‘statement‘ signing by pundit Tam McManus. However, if the Portuguese side are only going to let him go if his release clause is met, that could be a potential issue.
It has also been reported that Spurs are not expected to spend big in the January window, which means the arrival of Porro could be considered unlikely.
If Spurs can offload one or two players this month, that could lead to additional funds in the transfer kitty, at which point, they may well be able to go in for Porro before the window shuts.