By Harry Sykes
Tottenham are preparing to lodge a £28million bid for defender Davinson Sanchez after he told his club Ajax he wants to quit, according to a report.
The Mail claim that Spurs are making progress in their pursuit of the Colombia international, whose versatility is such that he can play at centre-back as well as their problem position of right-back.
It is said that Sanchez was omitted from the Ajax squad that faced Heracles on Saturday night after telling coaching staff he was not in the right frame of mind to play.
The Mail report that Spurs will open the bidding with a £28million offer for Sanchez, who is also attracting interest from Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter Milan.
Despite the enquiries made by the European big hitters, the player is convinced that the best move for his career is to play for Mauricio Pochettino, who has a reputation for developing young talent into established stars.
It has been reported that Spurs are ready to up their bid and eventually fork out a club-record fee for Davison, which will exceed the £30million spent on Moussa Sissoko and Erik Lamela.
The south American defender has been targeted after making a huge impact at Ajax following his £3.8million transfer last summer.
Chairman Daniel Levy has come under fire from fans and Danny Rose for failing to make any signings so far this summer, but Tottenham remain confident they will land at least three new players before the transfer window shuts.
Football Insider verdict:
The pressure is on the Spurs top brass to strengthen a squad that appears worryingly short of numbers ahead of the new campaign. With Rose going public with his fears, a stance that will surely be shared by many of his teammates, the club’s transfer policy is firmly under the microscope. It is questionable whether the signing of defender Sanchez would cut the mustard. Proven stars are needed, as well as potential ones. The likes of Ross Barkley would be able to hit the ground running and make a fairly immediate impact in Pochettino’s side. It could be some time before Sanchez can do the same. Spurs fans will also recall how the last man to join from the Dutch league, Vincent Jansson, fared in his debut season.
In other Tottenham transfer news, an attacking midfielder has pulled out of training at a Premier League club after Spurs tabled a player exchange offer.