Tottenham to have two new signings in place in time for showdown v Chelsea - report
By Harry Sykes
Tottenham are closing in on the £50million signings of Celta Vigo central midfielder Pape Cheikh Diop and Ajax centre-back Davinson Sanchez, according to a report.
The Sun claim that Spurs are on the verge of landing versatile Colombian defender Sanchez for a club-record £35million.
It is said that that the Londoners are also in negotiations with La Liga club Celta over signing Diop but will not pay the entirety of the £25million release clause inserted in the contract he signed earlier this year.
The Sun report that Tottenham will pay £15million for Diop and are hopeful the deal will be completed next week.
Both players are in line to be confirmed as new signings in time for the club’s mouthwatering showdown against Chelsea at Wembley next Sunday.
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However, manager Mauricio Pochettino is reported to be ready to end his lengthy pursuit of Everton playmaker Ross Barkley after being linked with him all summer.
Spurs are yet to buy anyone so far this summer, a situation causing concern for fans and players, judging by the comments of defender Danny Rose.
Pochettino has continued to insist Tottenham will be active before the 31 August transfer deadline.
Football Insider verdict:
Do Sanchez and Diop pass the Rose Google test? Sanchez, probably. Diop, probably not. 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. Sanchez was widely regarded as one of the outstanding players in the Dutch league last season and he appears to have the calibre to immediately challenge for a first-team spot at White Hart Lane. Diop fits into the category of rising star who will need time on the training ground to adapt to the demands of Pochettino and his staff. The sense is that neither of these signings will be gamechangers in Spurs’ title challenge.
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.