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Tottenham closing in on £35m deal for Ajax's Davinson Sanchez

13 August 2017, 07:56 | Ross Houston

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Tottenham are in talks to sign £35million Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez.

However, last season's Europa League finalists will be hard pressed to keep Sanchez with Spurs expected to offer £35 million for the 21-year-old. The player went on to enjoy three stellar campaigns with the Colombian club before he was signed by Ajax only last summer.

A big and powerful centre back, Sanchez is an excellent reader of the game, making 60 interceptions and 30 successful tackles in the Eredivisie last season. In 43 appearances he scored six goals and was awarded the player of the season award by the club. Given Pochettino's track record with developing youngsters, a move to Spurs would seem like a natural fit for Diop.

Ajax's road to the Europa League final was partly paved by the valiant efforts of Sanchez.

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In a short space of time playing in the Eredivisie, the Caloto-born footballer has established himself as one of the best young ball-playing centre-backs in Europe, averaging a 89% pass accuracy in the Dutch top-flight. Additionally, his reading of the game is quite mature - a skill that Pochettino is likely to appreciate.

Spurs are the only team in the English top flight that have yet to make a signing this summer.

As Sport Witness explained at the time, Ajax's "not for sale" didn't really seem like the final answer, and it nearly felt the Dutch club were fishing for better offers, whether they be from Tottenham or elsewhere.

Tottenham's summer transfer window may have been pretty uneventful thus far, with the sale of Kyle Walker to Manchester City the only deal of note to involve the North London club over the past two months. Sanchez, therefore, can be a solid addition for the squad.

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