Tottenham Hotspur are believed to be “fairly confident” of agreeing a deal for Sporting Lisbon full-back Pedro Burrow before the end of the January transfer window.
Tottenham have been in talks with the Portuguese side for a number of weeks over a deal for the highly rated Spaniard.
Ruben Amorim, the head of the sport, has consistently maintained that Boro will not be sold unless the €45m advance release clause is met. But, 90 minutes understand Some members of the hierarchy are inclined to accept an offer in installments.
Talks are also underway with Roma over a possible deal for Nicolo Zaniolo ahead of next week’s transfer deadline.
talking on 90 minutes Talking Transfers podcast Transfer reporter Graeme Bailey believes Spurs are “fairly confident” of fitting in with Sporting for Porro.
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“they want Both Two players, Zaniolo and Boro. Zaniolo would probably be a loan with commitment of some sort, but yes he’s available. “They are keen to do that,” he said.
“Boro is a player who loved all the windows. I’m tired of reading all of Ruben Amorim [press conference], I am sure it is. At every press conference he has to come out and say, “I’ll keep it unless you run the release clause, etc.”
“However, as we’ve said before, there are people in the Sporting hierarchy who would like to secure this deal. At the moment it’s about €37m plus a player, we don’t know who that is but I think they’ve basically got it. A few reserve for Tottenham.
“But the point a Portuguese source made to me this morning is that the sporting hierarchy is looking at all this now, if Boro continues to progress and will only get better, Manchester City have a buy-back. [clause] Only 20 million euros.
“That’s the concern. If he continues his progress at the pace he’s at now, €45m may not be worth the paper it’s written on if City give him back €20m. Not necessarily to use him or, given the [Joao] cancel status [that he could leave], will not rule out Poro may return. But this is the concern. It’s a really interesting situation for Sporting.
“I think with that in mind, I think Tottenham are fairly confident they can get him as well.”