Report: 21-year-old defender rejected Barcelona before agreeing terms with Tottenham
By Aramide Oladipo
Davinson Sanchez declined the chance to move to La Liga giants Barcelona this summer before completing a deal with Tottenham, according to a report.
Spanish outlet Don Balon claims that the Catalan club had an agreement with the 21-year-old to sign him after next year’s World Cup in Russia but Spurs offered Ajax around £13million to acquire his services.
The report claims that the Barcelona hierarchy later held discussions with the player’s agent informing him that they were willing to match Tottenham’s bid but Sanchez rejected the offer as he did not believe that he would be a first-team starter at the Camp Nou this season.
Gerald Pique and last season’s summer signing Samuel Umtiti are the preferred centre-back pairing for Barcelona with Javier Mascherano also capable of performing well in that position.
Sanchez completed his move to the North London club last Friday for a reported fee of £42million and he could potentially feature on Sunday afternoon as Spurs host champions Chelsea in the Premier League at Wembley Stadium.
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It must be very reassuring for Tottenham fans to hear that their only summer signing so far declined the opportunity to play for Barcelona in favour of a move to North London. However, it will be interesting to see how many minutes Sanchez will play this season as Spurs’ central defensive pairing of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen have been very successful over the last couple of years, especially in the Premier League. The Colombian might feature more in the domestic cup competitions this season and also provide solid back-up in the Champions League but for now, it appears highly unlikely that he will just walk into the Spurs starting lineup.
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