Tottenham went from 0 to 60 in 5 seconds with their first signing of this transfer window. The north London club agreed a deal with Dutch giants Ajax for Davinson Sanchez, 21. With add-ons, the fee could rise to £42m creating a new club transfer record along the way, reports the Daily Mail.
The Lilywhites traditionally leave their business late into the window but this season concerns surfaced among supporters that rivals were spending heavily on strengthening their squads while Mauricio Pochettino is left to make do with the same players who have finished third and second in the past two campaigns.
Sanchez was a member of the Ajax side which performed well in last season’s Europa League, reaching the final where they lost 0 – 2 to Manchester United. The fee means a work permit will be automatically issued, leaving the deal subject to the player’s medical.
With Kyle Walker already sold to Manchester City and Kevin Wimmer set to move to West Bromwich Albion next week, strengthening his defence is a key priority for Pochettino.
Effusive in his praise on the club’s website, Sanchez is looking forward to his time in the Premier League, “I am very excited to be signing for such a famous club as Tottenham Hotspur. I am looking forward to working with Mauricio Pochettino and the players and meeting everyone there.”
The centre back thanked Ajax for his education but hopes that the higher profile of the English league will boost his international career further than the two caps he has gained for Colombia so far.