Having been very quiet in the transfer market all summer, Tottenham Hotspur have woken up with a vengeance and are set to break their transfer record.
Various sources including the Guardian have reported that Spurs have agreed a fee with Ajax for defender Davinson Sanchez that could rise to £42m including various add-ons. Last season’s Premier League runners-u had been on the trail of the 21-year-old Colombian international for some time and while they already had one bid knocked back by the Dutch side, they have returned with a higher offer, believed to be worth an initial £28m, that is more to Ajax’s liking.
Indeed, so desperate was Sanchez to force the move to North London that he had reportedly downed tools and refused to travel with his teammates to Ajax’s league opener against Heracles. All going well with contract negotiations and a medical, Davinson should become a Tottenham player in the coming days and link up with fellow former Ajax defenders Jan Verthonghen and Toby Alderweireld.
The defender’s versatility means that he can play with the above duo as part of a back three, or play at right back in a back four to compete with Kieran Trippier following the £50m departure of Kyle Walker to Manchester City.
With one defender coming into White Hart Lane, another is set to depart. The Telegraph have reported that Austrian international center-back Kevin Wimmer is to complete a £15m move to West Bromwich Albion, bringing to an unhappy two-year spell in which the 24-year-old made just 15 Premier League appearances.