Manchester City Sanction £17m Sale Of Player Who Has "Never Spoken" To Pep Guardiola
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Manchester City are ready to cash in by selling a defender who is yet to make a first-team appearance for the club.
Pedro Porro joined City from Girona back in 2019, for a reported fee of around £11 million.
With the likes of Kyle Walker and Joao Cancelo ahead of him in the pecking order at the Etihad, the Spanish youngster was loaned out to Valladolid and Sporting Lisbon in back-to-back campaigns.
Porro went on to become a regular starter for the latter, making 36 appearances, while also scoring five goals for the Portuguese outfit since joining last year.
However, with prospects of breaking into the Manchester City first-team still slim, Sporting may be on the verge of signing the 22-year-old on a permanent basis.
According to Record, a deal has been struck between the two clubs for the Right-back, who is yet to even grace a Premier League match.
The defender initially linked up with Sporting on a two-year loan, but that is now set to become permanent after his impressive spell at the Stadium of Light.
Porro has flourished with Sporting since arriving 15 months ago. So much so in fact, that City have included a £17m buy-back clause in this deal in case the Premier League champions live to regret their decision
Porro, who made his Spanish international debut earlier this year, recently admitted that he has never actually spoken to Guardiola, despite the former Barcelona boss being central to his arrival.
"I've never spoken to Pep Guardiola. I don't think he even knows they signed me. But they must be attentive to what I have been doing," Porro confessed to A Bola.
While there will certainly be some regret from both parties that the deal didn't work out as planned, the fact that City do retain a buy-back clause in Porro does speak to their faith in the player's abilities.
In the post-Kyle Walker landscape, perhaps the Spanish Full-back will get his chance to shine in Manchester after all.
Topics: Manchester City, Pep Guardiola, sporting lisbon, La Liga