Medical scheduled: Tottenham deal all but done for speed machine perfect for the Poch high press
By Harry Sykes
Tottenham have all but completed the signing of Ajax centre-back Davinson Sanchez, the club announced on Friday evening.
The club’s long wait for a summer signing has ended with the announcement of a move for Sanchez subject to a medical and the granting of a work permit.
The Colombian centre back, 21, has put pen to paper on a deal until 2023 for a reported club-record £42million fee.
He is the first player to join Spurs this summer and his arrival comes after much debate about the club’s transfer policy during the off-season.
Tottenham announced the deal on their official Twitter account:
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We are delighted to announce we have reached agreement with Ajax for the transfer of Davinson Sanchez subject to medical & work permit. pic.twitter.com/bCjP3ur3Ca
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 18, 2017
In a statement, the north Londoners added: “We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with AFC Ajax for the transfer of Davinson Sanchez subject to medical and work permit.
“The Colombia international, 21, has signed a contract with the Club until 2023.”
The fee is believed to eclipse the previous club record of £30million which Spurs paid Newcastle for midfielder Moussa Sissoko last summer.
Sanchez joined Eredivisie side Ajax in June last year on a five-year deal after leaving Atletico Nacional in his homeland.
He played in last season’s Europa League final, which Manchester United won 2-0, and was named Ajax’s player of the year in May.
Football Insider verdict:
Sanchez is a fascinating signing, as Spurs are already over-loaded with quality centre-backs. But the word is Mauricio Pochettino is planning on using a three-man centre-back system in the new campaign, and that the Colombian will slot in alongside Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen. Sanchez is not as commanding as he could be for his physique but he possesses explosive pace, which means he will be perfect for the high pressing system favoured by Pochettino, who likes his team to play a high line and hunt down the opposition.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club have suffered a massive Toby Alderweireld blow.