Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon have identified ex-Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin as a possible replacement for Pedro Porro should the 23-year-old join Tottenham Hotspur.
David Ornstein broke the news, stating that the club were “exploring signing Hector Bellerin if Pedro Porro leaves.” Although he insisted that “no breakthrough” had been made between Sporting and Tottenham regarding Porro.
Ornstein also revealed that Bellerin is keen on the potential move.
Hector Bellerin Keen on Potential Sporting Lisbon Move
🚨 EXCL: Sporting Lisbon exploring signing Hector Bellerin if Pedro Porro leaves. No breakthrough in Porro to Tottenham talks & Brighton refusing to let Tariq Lamptey exit. Bellerin keen on #SportingCP but not contact between clubs yet @TheAthleticFC #THFC https://t.co/6mwQyBCysw
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) January 28, 2023
Dependent on Pedro Porro
Despite the Spaniard being keen on the move, the entire deal likely depends on whether Porro completes his switch to Tottenham.
The defender has reportedly already said goodbye to his teammates, with Fabrizio Romano revealing there is “growing optimism” from Spurs’ side that the deal will get done. The very fact that Sporting are looking for replacements suggests that the Portuguese club have also accepted Porro will become a Tottenham player before the window closes.
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Hector Bellerin’s Barcelona Situation
The 27-year-old signed a one-year contract with Barcelona in the summer of 2022 and is unlikely to be offered an extension before the end of the season. He has made just three appearances for the club in the league and given that the Spanish giants are currently rife with financial issues, it may be a smart move for them to ease their wage demands by offloading the defender.
A Career Revival
Although he has fallen short of his early potential so far in his career, this move would represent an opportunity for the 27-year-old to revive his career.
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He would likely be afforded regular first-team football at a side that should be able to provide European football next season – which could be exactly what he needs. Hector Bellerin still has the ability to be a top player, and this deal would make sense for all parties involved.