Paratici warned hopes of signing top Tottenham target are fading fast with deal slipping from grasp

Fabio Paratici, August 2022 Credit: Alamy
Fabio Paratici, August 2022 Credit: Alamy

Tottenham have had an opening bid for Spanish wing-back Pedro Porro rejected as Sporting Lisbon are determined to not let him go for less than he is worth.

Antonio Conte is keen on bolstering his Spurs squad, particularly after their north London derby defeat. Indeed, Tottenham now find themselves fifth in the table, five points adrift of the top four.

Conte is looking to improve his wing-backs and Porro would be an obvious upgrade on the right-hand side. The 23-year-old has produced six assists this season and also scored a goal.

Averaging two key passes per game and 2.5 shots, Porro likes to get into advanced positions and influence the game in the final third.

Matt Doherty and Emerson Royal have often shared the responsibility on the right-hand side this season. Between them in the Premier League this season, they have only produced two goal contributions.

Wing-backs are an integral position in Conte’s system and this would be an obvious area to improve. A move for Porro could also hint towards Djed Spence heading out on loan.

According to the Portuguese newspaper Record, Spurs have sent an opening offer for Porro worth £30m plus add-ons. However, that bid has been turned down by Sporting, who did not even entertain it.

The Portuguese club will reportedly only consider letting Porro leave during this window if his release clause of around £40million is met.

Conte needs to lift the mood at Spurs

The Italian manager will be keen to get back to winning ways and put the north London derby defeat behind them as soon as possible.

Fans and pundits alike have questioned Conte’s tactical approach at times this season. Indeed, Spurs have been slow to start matches this season and often don’t get going until the second half.

When asked on the fans criticism of him, Conte told reporters: “What I can say is only one thing. We are working really hard every day for this club.

“If there is criticism then we have to accept. It’s difficult to understand the criticism because we are doing everything we can in this situation.”

It took Spurs until the second half against Arsenal to pose any sort of threat and by that point they were already trailing 2-0. Conte’s side had 13 shots in the second half, compared to the four they had in the first half.

When asked about his tactical approach, Conte added: “It depends also on the opponent. First half we started to press high. Sometimes you find opponent that is good and we work against the pressure.

“When you press high you leave space behind your back. If you have players like Saka, Martinelli and others, then you have to consider the characteristics of your defenders. You don’t want to risk being too open.”

If Spurs want to compete with the sides in and around the top of the table, they will need to back Conte or they face failing behind the sides around them.

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