‘Real split’: Man City staff were very divided over £40m player Tottenham are in talks to sign – journalist

Journalist Ben Jacobs has told the Last Word on Spurs podcast that there was a real split at Manchester City regarding whether to sell Pedro Porro permanently amid reports Tottenham Hotspur are now in talks to sign the right-back.

Porro looks to be a top target for Spurs in this window. Of course, the right wing-back position has been an issue for Antonio Conte’s men ever since his arrival.

Reports from the Daily Mail last week claimed that Tottenham have held talks with Sporting about signing the 23-year-old. The Portuguese side want his £40 million release clause triggered before they let him go.

Manchester City may rue selling Tottenham target Pedro Porro
Tottenham are certainly ready to push the boat out. Reports from Record at the weekend suggested that they were ready to hand Porro a contract worth more than double what he is on with Ruben Amorim’s side.

And it seems that Tottenham have been given further reason to get a deal done. Porro, of course, spent time on Manchester City’s books before leaving permanently for Sporting. And Jacobs has claimed that some at the Etihad Stadium were not best pleased to see him move on.

“I also understand by the way, when Sporting first brought him from Manchester City a couple of years back, there was a real split within the Manchester City recruitment department about whether they should sanction a permanent deal which was only last summer for £8.5 million. And I think now, in hindsight, Manchester City might feel like they made the wrong decision there,” he told the Last Word on Spurs.

Porro has started to prove himself on the bigger stages. He was outstanding against Tottenham in the Champions League earlier this season. And we are seeing an increasing number of players thrive in the Premier League after moving from Portugal.

That should certainly encourage Tottenham. And City’s stance on letting him go should also give them confidence.

Obviously, it may not have a huge impact on whether Spurs make a move. But it does highlight just how talented the young Spaniard is.

And there will certainly be plenty of Tottenham fans hoping that they do make a move this month.