Tottenham transfer window: Will Pedro Porro be the new Adama Traore?

tottenham Fans have developed some loathing for the transfer windows, but some of his recent deals have been very impressive.

Needless to say, if they can make deals as good as last January’s transformational moves to Rodrigo Bentancur Y Dejan Kulusevskythey will laugh

Right-back still looks like an area of ​​need – can Spurs finally close that gap?

How much did Tottenham spend in the last three January windows?

2020: £69.6 million ($91.87 million)

2021: €0

2022: 15.86 million pounds (21.25 million dollars).

If these figures seem strange to you, keep in mind that the 2020 figure includes the commission to sign the loan of Young Jealous permanent, and 2022 does not include any payment for the borrower Kulusevski.

How much money is likely to be available this month?

It is far from unusual for Tottenham for transfer windows to start when the club does not plan to spend a significant amount of money, before finding some as players become available.

So it’s hard to give a firm figure for how much is in the kitty. Early indications are that they won’t be throwing big money this January, but that will always depend on who they can get. Remember last January they ended up buying Bentancur and taking Kulusevski on a loan plus option deal at the end of the window.

Coach Antonio Conte said on Friday that “if there is an opportunity to strengthen the squad, we will do something”, but reiterated that any signing would be consistent with the club’s policy: sign “young players” and not players with “high salaries”. .

“We have to sign players who can remain in our vision, the vision of the club,” he said.

Who makes the key transfer decisions?

Good question. Obviously, Conte has his own ideas on transfers and has no qualms about letting them be known in private, or even in public.

Tottenham also have a managing director of football, Fabio Paratici, who has a good track record over the last 18 months in signing players from the Italian market that he is familiar with. He can point to the signings of Cristian Romero, Kulusevski and Bentancur as proof that he knows what he’s doing. And then there’s Chairman Daniel Levy, who has his own opinion on arrivals.

When the three work together, it can be very effective: Conte and Paratici have persuaded Levy to sanction deals he would never have done in the past, such as paying a 33-year-old man. Ivan Perisic £180,000 per week or delivery Everton An initial £50 million for Richard, both this past summer. But equally, there are times when not: when Grandpa Spence arriving from Middlesbrough in the same window, Conte wasted no time in telling people that the full-back was a “club signing”.

He referred to this decision-making triumvirate in his press conference on Friday, saying that in each club there is a coach, a sports director and an owner who talk about transfers, and that he would “give advice” to the club on “the way to improve”. the team, and improve the quality of the squad”.

Can Paratici, left, and Conte convince Levy to make more moves? (Photo: Getty Images

What position is the priority?

Tottenham have failed to sign an elite right-back for too many transfer windows.

They tried to get Adam Traore since Wolverhampton Wanderers in the summer of 2021 and again this past January without success. They got royal emerson instead last year and Spence in this one, but Conte only trusts Royal and even his performances have not been at the required level this season.

With Conte playing in a full-back system where much of the creativity comes from the wings, it’s hard to see Spurs move to another window without adding in that area. That said, if signing an elite right-back in the January transfer window (without throwing manchester city/Paris Saint-Germain type money) it was so easy, well, they would have done it 12 months ago.

A more creative player wouldn’t hurt, given that Tottenham struggled when Kulusevski was injured in the first half of this season. They looked at various attack options at the end of the summer window, but none of them materialized to anything.

They may have to lose a player before they can add another.

Who are the plausible targets?

The most prominent club-related name for this January transfer window is Pedro Porro, a Spanish international who plays at right-back for Sporting Lisbon. He surely is the best player in Spurs’ target position available next month and would give Conte and Paratici the player they have wanted for so long. The problem is that Sporting don’t need to sell Porro and there are no signs yet that they will price him in such a way that Tottenham can buy him. If they choose to pull him out of a January move, then there isn’t much the Spurs can do.

If Porro is impossible, then the club may be forced to look closer to home. And if you want someone who has played this position, know the Premier league and you know them, how about a possible comeback after three years with southampton for Kyle Walker-Peters? It may seem unlikely, but it would be an improvement on what they have, particularly in the last third, it would be easier to sign than Porro and could go straight in.

Sporting’s Pedro Porro looks perfect for Spurs (Photo: Getty Images)

Who could get out?

The fact that Spurs probably need to, or at least want to, sell before they buy is the biggest indication that this could be a quiet month in their part of north London. Its most salable marginal players (Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndombele, Sergio Reguilon et cetera) are on loan until the end of the season, which means that the most likely expenses will be agreements of this type.

Bryan Gil, Japheth Tanganga and Spence have played 11 minutes of Premier League football against each other this season, and it is possible they will all be outsourced for the remainder of the campaign if the right clubs turn up.

Conte did not seem particularly convinced by any of them in the first half of the season, although Gil did star a little more in the Champions League.

Which World cup star would be perfect for your club?

yes guardiolCroatia’s performances at centre-back underscore why he was a target at left-centre last summer, but his World Cup form has likely only pushed him further out of Tottenham’s price range. Equally, Achrafi Hakimi showed exactly why his former Inter Milan boss Conte is such a fan, but a move for the Morocco The right-back would look fanciful, which is a shame considering how this team could transfer.

The World Cup also showed everyone why Conte and Paratici were so interested in Sofia Amrabat last year, since he controlled Morocco’s games from the base of the midfield. Although Spurs are now pretty well stocked at that position.

But if they want someone else who can create opportunities from the outside and work as hard as Conte needs to, how about Argentina‘s Rodrigo DePaul?

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