Barcelona and Atletico Madrid will reportedly provide stiff competition to Real Madrid in the race to sign Pedro Porro from Sporting CP this summer.

According to Portuguese outlet Correio da Manha, as relayed by Sporting CP France, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona will battle Real Madrid in the race to sign Pedro Porro in the summer transfer window. The Spanish right-back has a €45 million in his contract with Sporting CP.

Pedro Porro has found a stable footing in his career since joining Sporting CP from Manchester City in August 2020. The 22-year-old joined the Portuguese giants on a two-year loan deal with the option of making his stay permanent for just €8.5 million. And after two solid seasons at the Jose Alvalade Stadium, Sporting signed him permanently last month.

Porro has signed a three-year deal with Sporting, with Manchester City having a €20 million buy-back option. In addition, the Spanish defender’s contract includes a €45 million release clause. And judging by the player’s performances this past season – five goals and seven assists in 35 outings – it is hardly surprising that clubs like Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid are keen on signing him this summer.

Barcelona will look to sign a right-back in the summer transfer window amid uncertainties surrounding the futures of Dani Alves and Sergino Dest. At least one of the two right-backs will leave Barcelona ahead of the 2022/23 season, prompting the Blaugrana to scour the market for a replacement, with Cesar Azpilicueta among their chief targets. And Porro is also a viable option for the Catalan giants.

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Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s interest in Porro is long-standing, and they could launch the offensive this summer in the wake of Dani Carvajal’s waning performance levels. Several right-backs have emerged on Real Madrid’s radar in the last few months, including Reece James, with Porro an option worth considering for Los Blancos.

As for Atletico Madrid, Los Rojiblancos will need to sign a right-back in the summer after failing to replace Kieran Trippier following the English international’s move to Newcastle United. And with Sime Vrsaljko not inspiring much confidence in his abilities, signing a new right-back is necessary for Atletico Madrid.

While Porro has a €45 million release clause, Sporting CP will be open to negotiating for around €35 million. But the Portuguese giants want to keep hold of the Spanish defender beyond the summer transfer window, meaning Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, and Real Madrid might have an uphill task in the race to sign the young right-back.

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