Reports: Spurs in for young Ajax defender

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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.