Tottenham round-up: Sanchez transfer complete; striker permitted to leave; Champions League draw reaction
Better late than never is the way that Tottenham fans will be viewing the current summer transfer window as the formalities surrounding the signing of Davinson Sanchez were completed last night.
Tottenham’s official website announced that the 21-year-old has completed his medical and the remaining paperwork to finalise his switch from Ajax, arriving in north London on a six-year contract.
And in his first interview with the club, Sanchez said: “This is a massive opportunity for me because of what Tottenham represents, not just here in England but around the world.
“This is one of the biggest clubs in the league, we can compete at any level and with any team. Being able to work with players of this calibre gives you an opportunity to develop individually too.”
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has broken the club’s record transfer fee to acquire the services of the Colombian, with The Guardian reporting a fee of around £42nmillion has been agreed.
In other news, the Evening Standard understands that out-of-favour striker Vincent Janssen will be allowed to leave north London this summer should a suitable offer be received from another team.
Despite being the only other recognised striker in the Spurs squad behind Harry Kane, his lack of opportunity – and lack of impact last season – has left the club open to offers for the 23-year-old.
Reports coming from The Sun on Wednesday afternoon had claimed that West Brom were gaining interest in the Dutchman, who only arrived at White Hart Lane last summer in a £17 million switch.
The local outlet doesn’t rule out Tottenham investing any fee received for Janssen in another forward, although it’s thought that Lazio’s Keita Balde – linked by the Mirror – is unlikely to arrive.
And finally, Mauricio Pochettino’s side have been handed a nightmare draw for the Champions League group stages after being pitted against reigning champions and Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Tottenham will also face the imperious challenge of Borussia Dortmund, who reached the 2013 Champions League final held at Wembley, and Cyprus side APOEL Nicosia in a tough-looking group.
Being drawn with Real Madrid means that Spurs fans will see the return of former star Gareth Bale to north London after his six-year spell at White Hart Lane, leaving for Spain in an £85million switch.
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