Tottenham round-up: Sanchez arrives for medical; PSG defender close to move; £20m Barkley bid prepared
Tottenham are close to finalising a deal for their first signing of the summer as, according to Sky Sports, Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez has arrived in London and will undergo a medical today.
The club’s official website announced the news last Friday that the 21-year-old will sign a six-year contract with Tottenham – subject to receiving a work permit – and the formalities are nearly complete.
Speaking about his impending move, the Colombian said: “I would like to thank the coach, management, players and fans of Ajax. It is a great move for me to come here to develop my career.
“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.”
Sanchez helped lead Ajax to the Europa League final last season, eventually losing out to fellow Premier League side Manchester United, and it’s thought he has had no issue in receiving a work permit.
With one player seemingly on the verge of being officially announced, another could follow suit before the transfer window closes with Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier close to a move.
French news outlet L’Equipe claim that the two clubs are getting closer to finalising the details of Aurier’s switch to north London in a deal that could set Tottenham back a fee of 25 million euros (approx £23 million).
It is understood that the French giants are keen to sell some of their players before the transfer window does indeed close as they attempt to balance the books following Neymar’s record £200 million move.
And it seems that Tottenham’s busy end to the transfer market will continue as, according to the Telegraph over the past day, they are in the process of preparing a £20 million bid for Ross Barkley.
Despite the fact that the 23-year-old has been ruled out of action for three months due to a hamstring tear picked up in training Tottenham are still keen to make an offer and sign him now.
This is perhaps due to the pressure being put on them from arch-rivals Chelsea, with Antonio Conte also currently monitoring the England international’s situation ahead of a possible late move for him.
It is thought that Tottenham’s initial offer of £20 million would include an additional £8 million in possible add-ons, with chairman Daniel Levy believing it represents a fair price for the Everton man.
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