Spurs and Porto are in formal negotiations over the transfer of Ricardo Pereira, yet the two sides are wrangling over the final transfer fee. Pereira has a £22m release clause, but it was believed that Spurs could pry him away for less than the stated fee.
A source involved with Pereira has told Sky Sports News HQ that Porto may accept an offer in the region of £16m, but another has said the club could hold out for the entire £22m release clause.
Sky Sports is a reputable news outlet and Lyall Thomas is as trustworthy as they get in terms of Spurs journalism so there is an air of authenticity to this report. The good news is that Spurs are in definitive talks with Porto over Pereira, who seems a really nice fit to the team. Further, the only issue between the two sides seems to be money — not third party ownership or an unwillingness of Pereira to move to North London.
On the other hand, Spurs are notorious for long drawn-out transfers that should takes day to get done, but instead take weeks. I think the assumption would be that Spurs would meet the £22 million release clause, especially when they are flush with Kyle Walker cash (£45 million up front!), but maybe the stalling on this indicates that there was a deal in place that was, in fact, well below the release clause tag.
Either way, if Pereira is coming its imperative that he joins the team sooner rather than later. While Trippier will go into preseason as the first choice right-back, Ricardo — if he resembles the player he was for Nice — can push Trippier for that spot and might be the better option as a wing-back in the 3-4-3.
The other super interesting part about this article are the notes about Kyle Walker-Peters and his potential inclusion into Spurs’ USA preseason trip and how Poch views him. The twenty year-old was intended to be loaned out this season to gain valuable first team experience away from North London, yet with Walker moving to City and Spurs without a concrete back-up option to Kieran Trippier, the youngster is being considered in the first team set-up for this season. That this is even being contemplated by Poch shows the faith he has in KWP and the kind of player Spurs potentially have for the future. Maybe Pochettino doesn’t want to spend twenty million on a player whose position he feels he can fill internally in years time.
Of course, rumors stating that Spurs are prepared to go with KWP as a back-up might just be posturing to procure Pereira at a lower price. Who knows really? Yet if Spurs are willing to spend, it looks like Ricardo Pereira will be wearing lilywhite.