Real Madrid have reportedly set their sights on Ajax centre-back Davinson Sanchez over a move this summer.

Spanish publication Don Balon have reported that Davinson Sanchez is the subject of interest from Real Madrid. Florentino Perez has identified the Ajax centre-back as the perfect target for Zinedine Zidane’s squad who can also help continue Los Blancos’ popularity in Colombia.

Davinson Sanchez progressed through the ranks at Atletico Nacional before making his first-team debut in 2013 at the nascent age of 17. The player subsequently enjoyed three impressive campaigns with the Colombian club before he was subsequently snapped up by Ajax last summer.

And the switch to the Netherlands has seen Sanchez develop even further, with the 21-year-old quickly establishing himself as a key player in the first-team setup at Ajax. In fact, the Colombia international played all but two Eredivisie games for the Dutch giants, even chipping in with 6 goals and 2 assists.

Sanchez also played an instrumental role for Ajax as they reached the final of the Europa League last season. A rock at the back, the player has impressed with his reading of the game as well as his abilities on the ball – a commendable passing success rate of 90% is testament to the same.

Having made rapid strides since moving to Ajax, Sanchez is starting to attract interest from some of the biggest clubs in Europe. While Barcelona had been rumoured to be leading the race to sign the player for a long time, Real Madrid have now jumped to the front of the queue.

Zinedine Zidane is keen to continue making improvements to his squad to ensure that Los Blancos do not lose their grip on the La Liga and Champions League.

And defence has emerged as a priority position for reinforcements this summer following the departure of Pepe. Sanchez has, thus, emerged as a viable target for the Real Madrid boss and at 21, he can be a long-term replacement for the veteran Portuguese defender.

With club captain Sergio Ramos on the wrong side of 30 as well, the Colombian can form a core group of young players alongside Raphael Varane and Jesus Vallejo who can serve Los Blancos for a long time once the Spain defender calls it a day.

Florentino Perez also remains keen on signing a player who has been followed by Spanish champions for a while now as it will help the club remain popular in Colombia. It now remains to be seen if Real Madrid are able to secure the services of Sanchez this summer.

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