Tottenham look set to break the bank on one of the world’s most exciting defensive prospects.
According to a report in the Guardian, Tottenham and Ajax have agreed on a $54.1 million transfer fee for centerback Davinson Sanchez. The Colombian international only joined Ajax a year ago but led the backline to the Europa League final, where Ajax fell to Manchester United.
Spurs officials reportedly traveled to Amsterdam earlier this week to sort out a deal to bring Sanchez back to London. It’s believed to be a $36 million transfer with add-on clauses worth around $18 million.
Sanchez will add more speed and strength to one of the Premier League’s best backlines, giving Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen a partner to play with in a back three.
Update: Later Friday, Tottenham made the signing official, subject to passing a medical and the acquisition of a work permit.
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Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly nearing completion of their first signing of the summer transfer window, as well as the club’s second departure from the first-team this summer.
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According to reports, Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez is pulling out all the stops in order to force a move away from the club, with Tottenham his no. 1 preferred destination. Up until a week ago, Sanchez had scarcely been linked with a move away from the Johan Cruijff Arena, but once word of Spurs’ interest (as well as that of a handful of other European giants) got out, Sanchez had already mentally moved on to the next phase of his career.
Despite being named in Ajax’s squad to face Rosenborg in Europa League qualification on Thursday, Sanchez is not with the squad at the team hotel and the club have refused to comment regarding his current location. The 21-year-old Colombian could cost Spurs as much as $50 million, though the ongoing saga could be seen as a ploy to reduce the price and faster facilitate a move.
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With one center back now expected to make his way to north London, another — Kevin Wimmer, Spurs’ de facto fourth center back behind Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Eric Dier — is reportedly the subject of a $19-million bid from West Bromwich Albion.
The 2017-2018 Premier League season is underway, and Tottenham have yet to make any signings this summer. But that may be changing soon.
According to the Guardian, Spurs officials are in Amsterdam to negotiate a transfer for Ajax’s highly-rated centerback Davinson Sanchez. The 21-year-old Colombian international signed for Ajax last summer and quickly became a star in the club’s backline, leading the team to the UEFA Europa League final.
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But with four years left on his contract, Ajax are reportedly asking Tottenham to pay nearly $52 million. Tottenham’s initial offer, the report says, is closer to $32 million.
Sanchez reportedly has his heart set on moving to North London and if he joins Tottenham, he’d be a terrific partner in a back three alongside Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld. Sanchez’s unique combination of speed, strength and aerial ability should make him a standout once he adjusts to the pace of the Premier League, should he join Tottenham.
One possible issue with a proposed deal is that because Sanchez featured for Ajax in the UEFA Champions League qualification rounds this year, he could be cup-tied for Tottenham’s Champions League matches come the group stage and beyond.
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According to multiple reports in England, including Darren Lewis of The Mirror, Tottenham is in talks to sign Ajax central defender Davinson Sanchez.
The signing, should it come to fruition, would give Tottenham its first signing of this summer transfer window. Lewis’s report states the deal would cost Spurs about $45 million.
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21-year-old Sanchez was a staple for Ajax last season, making 32 Eredivisie starts and 12 more in the Europa League. He scored seven goals across those competitions, including five with his head, helping him earn Ajax Player of the Year. The Colombian made his international debut in the 2016 World Cup, starting and playing the full 90 minutes in a 3-0 group stage loss to Argentina, and has two total caps to his name.
Signing another central defender would give Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino added cover at the position, where oft-injured Jan Vertonghen and workhorse Toby Alderweireld reside. It could also allow Spurs to send young American Cameron Carter-Vickers on loan, as the 19-year-old currently sits as the only other natural CB on the roster. He sees little playing time with defensive midfielder Eric Dier moving to the back line in case of injury.
Spurs has come under public pressure for its lack of activity in the transfer market this summer. Danny Rose made scathing comments in the media a few days ago about his team’s failure to spend thus far, but apologized for them soon after.