Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has lined-up Ajax’s highly-rated defender Davinson Sanchez as he looks to make his first signing of the summer, reports in The Sun understand.
It is alleged that the Argentine is considering submitting a formal offer for the £35 million-rated Colombian to re-enforce his back-line ahead of a fully-fledged challenge for the Premier League title.
Despite reported interest from Chelsea, Barcelona and Crystal Palace – who have Sanchez’s old manager Frank de Boer at the club – chairman Daniel Levy will test the water with a £25 million bid.
Would Sanchez be the right fit for White Hart Lane?
It is fairly common knowledge by this point that Tottenham are in the midst of a right-back crisis somewhat, with Kyle Walker leaving for Manchester City and first-choice Kieran Trippier injured.
Trippier’s injury, which will see him miss at least two weeks of the new Premier League campaign, has left Tottenham with very limited options at right-back – with Eric Dier likely to deputize in the meantime – and it seems that this has made Pochettino spring into action in his search for new personnel.
And in the shape of 21-year-old Davinson Sanchez, there are not many better young defenders on the European scene at present, with the youngster enjoying a sensational last 12 months playing at Ajax.
Despite his tender years, he is so physically strong that it is hard to believe at times, muscling his opponent off the ball with ease and having a deceptive amount of pace to always be a step ahead.
He’s strong in the air too – at both ends of the field – and there is no denying his commitment to a challenge, going in full-blooded and generally coming out on top.
Yet his education through a youth system like the one at Ajax means that he is more than just a powerful defender; he can actually play football.
Last season he recorded a passing accuracy of around 90% in the Eredivisie and the youngster is most at home when playing the ball out from the back, comfortable and composed in possession.
Pochettino will no doubt love this about him, but perhaps the biggest draw about the young Colombian is the versatility he possesses; despite being utilised as a central player in Holland over the past few years, he is more than capable at right-back and this is where Spurs need to strengthen.
Obviously, he is by no means the finished article as of yet, often guilty of a lack of discipline and all too frequent lapses in concentration, but at White Hart Lane there is potential to develop his world-class talent.