Pepe’s agent ‘going to club’s HQ’ after Tottenham refuse to pay £64m

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Tottenham target Pepe’s representative is reportedly heading to Porto to discuss lowering the attacker’s asking price, the Portuguese media claim. The Premier League outfit are unwilling to activate Pepe’s £64million release clause, leaving those involved in the deal frustrated. 

Spurs remain in the market for new forward players, particularly after Harry Kane’s departure. The North Londoners have been linked with Pepe, whose form for Porto has caught the attention of Europe’s biggest clubs. 

Linked with Chelsea and Arsenal in the past, it is reported that Spurs are now the frontrunners to sign the 26-year-old. However, key figures including Daniel Levy are unwilling to pay the full £64m release clause in the player’s contract. 

It is claimed that Porto are unwilling to sell one of their best players for any less than the clause. That has reportedly left some individuals involved in the deal frustrated over the lack of progress. 

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According to Portuguese publication Mercado Azul, Pepe’s agent, Adriano Spadoto, is on his way to Porto headquarters to try to tempt the club to reduce their demands. Spadoto will allegedly try to seek a ‘resolution’ for his client. 

The versatile former Brazil U20 international can play out wide and at right-back. Paris Saint-Germain are also reported to be interested in the star, who bagged four goals and seven assists last term. 

Spurs head coach Ange Postecoglou might be interested in more signings before September 1’s transfer deadline. He will certainly have an eye on Pepe but it remains to be seen if Spurs and Porto can come to an agreement over a fee. 

Postecoglou’s new-look Spurs have enjoyed a successful start to the season. A fantastic 2-0 victory over Manchester United followed a bright performance in a 2-2 stalemate with Brentford. 

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And the Australian says he expects to see some movement in the window as he seeks to further improve his squad. The likes of James Maddison and Micky van de Ven have already made a big impact at their new club. 

Asked if Spurs’ business is complete, Postecoglou said: “Not necessarily. These kind of things are pretty fluid, they can happen pretty quickly. 

“At the moment you can see by doing the maths we have got too many players in terms of when we submit our final list, there will be guys here who won’t be on that list if nothing changes so I am pretty sure that will change. From now until the end of the window I am sure there will be some movement.”

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