- Adwitya Jha
Manchester City set to include buy-back option in Pedro Porro Sporting CP move
Pedro Porro is set to leave Manchester City permanently for Sporting CP after the current Portuguese champions triggered their purchase option on the full-back, with the Blues maintaining a buy-back clause, according to a slew of reports.
According to Portuguese outlet Record – as relayed by Sport Witness – Sporting have triggered an €8.5million clause to sign the Spaniard permanently from City. According to the report, Porro has signed a contract with the Lisbon club until 2025.
The one-cap Spain international has been on City's books since the summer of 2019 when he made the move from City Football Group side Girona. He was immediately sent on loan to Real Valladolid in La Liga. His performances caught the eye of Sporting, and he was sent on loan to the Portuguese giants for two seasons in the summer of 2020, which was when the €8.5million purchase clause was negotiated.
Porro has been a mainstay for Sporting this season, making 33 appearances across all competitions – providing four goals and seven assists from right-back. His performances since joining the Primeira Liga side have meant it was highly likely that they would exercise the purchase option for him.
Record revealed that Porro has a release clause of €45million in his new Sporting contract and that Pep Guardiola's side negotiated a €20million buy-back option in March of this year when the two sides faced off in the Champions League round-of-16 – owing to the good relationship between the clubs.
The newspaper notes of interest in the player from the two Madrid giants, while Bayern Munich have also been linked elsewhere in months gone by – which goes to prove the value of City's buy-back option, as they can bring him back not just for their squad necessarily but to sell on for a bigger profit if desired.
Portuguese journalist Pedro Sepulveda would later corroborate the information published in Record relating to the €45million value of the release clause and the 2025 contract length but would differ slightly on the fee Sporting are due to pay, reporting it as €8million opposed to Record's €8.5million figure. Sepulveda also confirmed City's buy-back option for the player in the region of €20million.
This evening, Fabrizio Romano has confirmed the details provided by Record.
Porro has been on City's books for three years but has never made a single appearance for the club. With the club currently well stacked in the right-back department, the 22-year-old's future looks unlikely to be at the Premier League champions. But the presence of a reduced buy-back option for City opens several avenues for the player and the club in the future.
Written by: @adwitya16
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