Tottenham Hotspur sign Ajax defender for a club-record fee
Tottenham Hotspurhavecompleted the signing of defenderDavinsonSanchez from Ajax for a club-record fee of around £42m.
The Colombia international has agreed to a six-year contract with the north London giants subject to a work permit. He becomes Spurs’ second signing of the summer transfer window following the arrival of goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga from Southampton earlier in the week.
“We are delighted to announce that Davinson Sanchez has completed his move to the club subject to receipt of his work permit later this week,” read a statement read on the club’s official website.
Meanwhile, Sanchez was also delighted to link up with the Mauricio Pochettino’s side, and he considers it as a huge step forward in his playing career, he said: “This is a massive opportunity for me because of what Tottenham represent, not just here in England but around the world. It’s a huge step forward in my career and will allow me to continue developing and achieving big things.This is a great chance.”
Sanchez joined Ajax from Atletico Nacional on a five-year deal last summer, and he managed 32 appearances across all competitions for the Eredivisie outfit. He also featured in last season’s Europa League final against Manchester United, where they eventually lost by a 2-0 scoreline.
Spurs were under pressure to spend following a fairly quiet spell early on where they made no signings whatsoever. The likes of Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier have been regulars at the heart of the defence, but Pochettino could still offer Sanchez a run in the Cup and Champions League competitions depending on the difficulty of the opponent.
Tottenham Hotspur have made a slow start to the new season with a defeat to Chelsea at their temporary Wembley homeground, and they will have to improve their performances at the national stadium in order to challenge for the Premier League title once more.