By Harry Sykes
Porto are confident that Tottenham will pay the £22m asking price for right-sided flyer Ricardo Pereira if they sell Kyle Walker to Manchester City, according to a report.
The Evening Standard report that if Walker leaves – as is looking extremely likely – manager Mauricio Pochettino wants another right-back as competition for Kieran Trippier.
Pereira, 23, has spent the last two seasons on loan at Nice, where he has made 57 appearances.
In 24 Ligue 1 games last season he scored two goals and added another two assists, helping his side to an impressive third-place finish in the league.
He is primarily a right back, but can also play on the wing or as left-back and that versatility could be invaluable to Spurs as they prepare to fight on a number of fronts next season, including the Champions League.
Meanwhile, the protracted Kyle Walker transfer saga could be nearing the end, according to reports that surfaced on Thursday afternoon.
The Telegraph reported that Manchester City had finally agreed to meet Tottenham’s £50million valuation for Walker, with a deal potentially worth £55million with add-ons.
The Citizens had been hoping to snap him up for £40million but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy – known for his tough negotiating stance – was not budging.
The deal could make Walker the most expensive defender in world football.
If Tottenham go on to sign Pereira, it will mean that they will replace Walker with a player that costs less than half as much – something Levy will appreciate.
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