CHELSEA have overtaken Tottenham in the race to sign Pedro Porro, according to reports.
Tottenham have been a long-term admirer of his, owing to their lack of quality at right wing-back.
However, with the North Londoners stalling on coughing up the Spaniard’s £37million release clause, it has given Chelsea the opportunity to take advantage.
And according to Mundo Deportivo, Chelsea are now the club “closest” to signing him.
They suggest the recent run of poor results has added to arguments to add reinforcements, with Reece James a frequent injury worry despite his clear prowess in the position.
Conte heavily endorsed a move for a right wing-back in the summer, with Tottenham securing Djed Spence and Ivan Perisic.
But Spence seldom plays under the Italian, while Perisic operates mainly on the left flank.
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Both sides are seeing the top four slip away from their grasp, which would deprive them of the Champions League next season, unless one of them can win the competition.
Tottenham remain close to fourth place Manchester United after losing the spot over the festive period, but their poor performances continue to prove worrisome for the Spurs faithful.
Meanwhile, Chelsea’s struggles speak for themselves.