Arsenal could receive transfer windfall – thanks to Tottenham

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte
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Arsenal could benefit from Tottenham making transfer moves – and receive a transfer windfall.

Both north London sides have been busy in the January window. Arsenal began by signing Leandro Trossard before bringing in Jakub Kiwior as defensive cover, while Tottenham Hotspur pipped Everton to the punch of signing Arnaut Danjuma on loan.

The pair are also eyeing another signing each before the window closes. While the Gunners are desperately trying to prise Moises Caicedo away from Brighton & Hove Albion, however, Spurs' pursuit of Pedro Porro could have a positive knock-on effect for their most bitter rivals. 

Tottenham-linked Pedro Porro of Sporting Lisbon reacts during the Primeira Liga match between Estoril and Sporting CP on 2 September, 2022 at the Estadio Antonio Coimbra da Mota in Estoril, Portugal.

Pedro Porro is thought to be close to signing for Tottenham (Image credit: Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images)

Porro's deal to the Premier League looked to be straightforward but has hit a couple of stumbling blocks, according (opens in new tab) to Fabrizio Romano (opens in new tab) – though Sporting are negotiating with the Lilywhites today to finalise the transfer. If all goes through, they could receive a reported £40 million.

As a replacement, the Portuguese side are said to be in advanced talks (opens in new tab) with former Hale End right-back Hector Bellerin, whose long career at the Emirates Stadium ended last summer when he joined Barcelona on a free transfer. Bellerin may be able to gift his former club a parting gift in the form of a sell-on fee, however. 

Arsenal sporting director Edu negotiated 25% of any future sale from Barça (opens in new tab) – which at the time, flew under the radar given that the defender only signed a one-year deal with the club that he left as a teenager for England.

That means a quarter of the money that the Catalan club now receive for Bellerin – and it should be noted that a fee is likely, given that Sporting could be about to receive £40m from Tottenham – will end up in Arsenal's pockets, indirectly moving from one rival to another. 

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin

Arsenal favourite Hector Bellerin could help his former club land some cash (Image credit: Getty)

With the Premier League leaders currently around £10m short of Brighton's asking price for Caicedo, could Tottenham stump up some of the cash to help their foes' title bid?

With Bellerin valued at €15m on Transfermarkt (opens in new tab), Arsenal could expect to receive around £3m at most from Sporting sourcing a Porro replacement. Still, every little helps…

More Arsenal and Tottenham stories

Arsenal are considering re-signing Yunus Musah, while Cody Gakpo was an option, too – Joao Felix emerged as a potential superstar signing at the Emirates Stadium, too.

Mikel Arteta has admitted the Gunners are looking for new signings, with Sergej Milinkovic-Savic having been linked

Three England stars are on the radar for Spurs. Tottenham have been linked with a shock swoop for Harry Maguire, who could leave Manchester United this year. James Maddison could be about to leave Leicester, meanwhile, according to their manager Brendan Rodgers. Jordan Pickford has also been touted for a transfer

Piero Hincapie is being linked with a big summer move and Pedro Porro could be on his way. In terms of outgoings, however, the big rumours are linking Harry Kane with an exit – this time to Real Madrid. 

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Mark White
Staff Writer

Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.