Tottenham agree £42m fee for Barcelona target

As transfer market deadline day is approaching, many teams who have yet to make any big-name moves are starting to become more active in the transfer market. With bids coming from all over Europe for their superstars and wonderkids, Ajax has been struggling to keep their players settled in the Eredivisie, therefore being forced to negotiate with deals for players such as Davy Klaassen or Jairo Riedewald. The next player to leave Ajax though? Davinson Sánchez.

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Following weeks and weeks of speculation where many were criticizing Tottenham’s quiet transfer market period, Mauricio Pochettino officialized the arrival of the club’s first summer signing. Many described Tottenham’s real summer challenge as keeping their key players following a successful Premier League campaign, as players such as Eriksen and Kane were rumored to be eyeing moves away from White Hart Lane. But with only two weeks left before the transfer period is over, the Spurs first signing will be Ajax’s star Colombian defender.

After being rumored to join nearly every top team in Europe (Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United), Davinson Sanchez will finally be moving to a Champions League team by joining Tottenham for a reported fee of £42 million. By being the Spurs’ first major signing, he also becomes the most expensive player every bought by the club, but only the fifth most expensive defender ever (and third in Colombia only to be ‘beaten’ by James Rodriguez and Falcao).

Davinson Sanchez joined Ajax Amsterdam in 2016 for a relatively cheap €5 million as a bargain signing from Atlético Nacional, Colombia. Colombian international at the time, the 21 year-old has featured in 32 of the 34 league fixtures of Ajax last season and has scored 6 times despite playing as a centre back. The youngster made a reputation for himself after a solid game in the Europa League final against Manchester United, where Ajax were defeated 2-0 by the latter. He has been targeted by Europe’s finest ever since, but it seems as though the lucky team to have snatched up Davinson is Tottenham.

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