Report: Tottenham make transfer U-turn on 'one of the best young players in the world'
Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly decided to take Pape Matar Sarr off the market this summer.
Spurs were reportedly hoping to send the 19-year-old out on loan again to continue his development.
Tottenham brought Sarr to N17 from French outfit Metz in August last year, paying a reported £14.6m plus add-ons.
The young midfielder spent the 2021-22 campaign back on loan at Metz, where he made 34 appearances.
It was a difficult campaign for the Maroons, who suffered relegation from Ligue 1.
However, Sarr’s efforts late on in the campaign helped the club take their survival battle to the final day.
Sarr was also part of the Senegal squad that won the Africa Cup of Nations, and helped them reach the 2022 World Cup.
Today, Tuttomercatoweb claimed that the Tottenham prodigy was Serie A-bound.
Cremonese had reportedly reached an agreement with Spurs for the ‘temporary acquisition’ of the teenager.
However, Gianluca Di Marzio then provided an update suggesting Antonio Conte had performed a U-turn.
The Italian outlet claimed Tottenham were no longer considering sending Sarr out on loan.
This is due to Rodrigo Bentancur suffering a blow to the head on Sunday, added the report.
Tottenham have already sent Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso out on loan.
Harry Winks should soon follow, while Oliver Skipp has only just returned to training.
This means Conte could keep Sarr as cover, and potentially start featuring for Tottenham in the coming weeks.
“Wow, you did well to get Sarr”
Earlier this summer, The Athletic’s Jack Pitt-Brooke said Tottenham received congratulations for signing Sarr last year.
“He’s still very young,” the journalist said on the Last Word on Spurs YouTube channel.
“I don’t think his last season at Metz was as good as his first season.
“He’s a big talent, he’s one of the best young players in the world in his position.
“I know for a fact that when Tottenham signed him they had other heads of recruitment at other clubs ringing them up saying ‘wow, you did well to get Sarr, he’s someone we wanted for a while’.
“So the club clearly think highly of Sarr.”