Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly in talks with Ajax to secure a £35 million move for Davinson Sanchez as their first summer signing
According to a report by The Mirror, Tottenham are holding talks to sign a £35 million deal for Ajax centre-back Davinson Sanchez – a deal that could potentially see them break their transfer record.
Pressure has been mounting on Mauricio Pochettino due to his inactivity in the transfer window this summer, and signing Ajax’s Player of the Year from last season can be a step in the right direction. The player was particularly impressive in the Europa League final against Manchester United, and could be on his way to join the Spurs.
Davinson Sanchez was a part of Atletico Nacional and made his first-team debut in back 2013 at just 17 years of age. The player went on to enjoy three stellar campaigns with the Colombian club before he was signed by Ajax only last summer.
The switch to Ajax has seen Sanchez develop his game further. The 21-year-old has become an integral member of the squad within the course of a year. He is an indispensable part of the club and that is proven by the fact that he appeared in all but two games last season. In fact, the youngster also scored with six goals and provided two assists.
Ajax’s road to the Europa League final was partly paved by the valiant efforts of Sanchez. He played an instrumental role and established himself as rock at the back line. Additionally, his reading of the game is quite mature – a skill that Pochettino is likely to appreciate.
The Spurs manager has been criticized for a good chunk of this summer due to his inability in making quality additions to the first team. Having improved rapidly at Ajax, Sanchez seems like an ideal target for the north London club.
Procuring defensive reinforcements will be a priority for Tottenham this summer following the departure of Kyle Walker to Manchester City. Sanchez, therefore, can be a solid addition for the squad. The fact that he is only 21, can mean that he will be a long-term member of the Spurs.
Although he was linked with moves to join clubs like Barcelona and Real Madrid, joining Tottenham can work in favour of the youngster’s development. Spurs can give him plenty of chances to clock regular minutes on field when compared to his other suitors, thus making the club a good choice.
Sanchez’s versatility can also help strengthen Pochettino’s back line since the defender is adept at playing as a centre-back and a right-back.