Tottenham have had a very quiet transfer window even by their own standards as they were yet to sign a single player until Friday evening. Now one week into the season, Tottenham confirmed the signing of Davinson Sanchez from Ajax on a six year deal.
The Guardian believe that the fee is likely to be around £42 million for the 21-year-old Colombian. That will take the form of £28 million up-front with a further £14 million in add-ons, representing a club record fee. That smashes the record set last summer which brought Moussa Sissoko to White Hart Lane.
It also means that Sanchez will become the first Spurs player to have played for the club not to have played at White Hart Lane, and he will be hoping to make his debut against Burnley if a medical is completed in time and a work permit is granted.
Sanchez was player of the year for Ajax last season as they reached the Europa League final with an impressive run, whilst Sanchez also finished the season as the highest scoring defender in the Netherlands.
Such credentials have got Spurs fans excited about their new signing, with many believing that it will give way to a more regular deployment of the 3-4-3 model occasionally used by Mauricio Pochettino. As such, he will provide competition and an alternative to the likes of Eric Dier, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, whilst it is likely to spell the end of Kevin Wimmer’s Tottenham career.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to the news…
The club confirmed the news on Friday evening…
We are delighted to announce we have reached agreement with Ajax for the transfer of Davinson Sanchez subject to medical & work permit. pic.twitter.com/bCjP3ur3Ca
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 18, 2017
And fans were delighted…
Davinson Sanchez is a good signing for Spurs? #COYS
— I Spurs Fan (@I_Spurs_Fan) August 18, 2017
— Jake Fenlon (@JFenners) August 18, 2017
Mostly because he was their first signing of the summer…
WE HAVE FINALLY SIGNED A PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL PLAYER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. SOMEONE HOLD ME.
— Noz Ahmed (@NozAhmed) August 18, 2017
Spurs fans today pic.twitter.com/JU2aLX9Jc3
— P™ (@Cechque) August 18, 2017
Pundits praised the move…
Davinson Sànchez is a truly phenomenal signing for Spurs.
Widely regarded as having the talent to become 1 of the best CBs in word football
— Premier League Panel (@PremLeaguePanel) August 17, 2017
Davinson Sanchez great signing for Spurs. Looked like he was going to become Barcelona player at one stage this summer. Still might one day
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) August 18, 2017
— ~Sam???~ (@samiyoyo17) August 19, 2017
Though some had their doubts…
I don't understand the fuzz around this Davinson Sanchez boy, he's not very good, watched him against Lyon and Utd. Poor under pressure
— Atoyebi King Kennyx (@KingKennyx20) August 19, 2017
Convinced that the only reason Spurs spent so much on Davinson Sanchez, was just to ensure Sissoko was no longer their record signing.
— Coral (@Coral) August 18, 2017
It’s fair to say that many opposition fans were a little jealous…
Tottenham set to sign Davinson Sánchez. Brilliant signing for them. Why did @LFC not put in a bid?!
— Henry Flynn (@quiqueflynn5) August 17, 2017
Why weren't we considering Davinson Sanchez from Ajax? Brilliant ball playing centre back at a cheap price! #CFC
— Karthik Subramaniam (@Karthik287) August 14, 2017
Disappointed United haven't gone in for Davinson Sanchez. Proper Talent
— Good Ol' Jack Burton (@TheRealJayC82) August 17, 2017
But some were disappointed by the announcement…
Bit odd. No announcement video. No hashtag. Spurs were posting other things before. Kind of a "oh by the way we signed Sanchez." #COYS
— SpursUSA (@SpursUSA) August 18, 2017
At least it could have been worse..
Would it be too cynical to wonder if Spurs held fire on the Gazzaniga announcement so he wasn't the first signing and saved some mocking?
— Alasdair Gold (@AlasdairGold) August 19, 2017