Tottenham have completed the signing of Davinson Sanchez for a fee reported to be £42m inclusive of add-ons.
The defender, who won Ajax’s Player of the Year for last season, has agreed a six-year contract which he will sign once he receives his work permit.
Clearly enthusiastic about plying his trade in the Premier League, the 21-year-old Colombian described the move as a huge step in his career.
“This is a massive opportunity for me because of what Tottenham represent, not just here in England but around the world,” he told club’s official site.
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“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.
“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.”
Tottenham eyeing four more signings
In what is turning out to be quite a turn-around by Tottenham, The North Londoners aim to sign four players this transfer window.
The club, through chairman Daniel Levy and the players themselves, had initially advertised a no-spending stance, telling the press that the club’s strategy was to promote youth rather than shell out big sums on big names.
That stance has changed, however, with Pochettino admitting last week that he was looking to reinvigorate his ranks with four new faces.
“We need players who can challenge our starting XI, players who believe in themselves and think ‘OK, I can challenge Dele Alli, I can challenge Harry Kane,” the Argentine coach said.
“We need to bring new energy and strengthen our squad, everyone knows that. If you look at the history of Tottenham in the last few years, we always spend at the end of the window.
“I want four players. It’s possible yes but it’s not easy.”
Davinson Sanchez will be seen as Spurs only signing of the summer so far, but in fact he is not.
Pochettino’s men have already acquired the services of Southampton keeper Paulo Gazzaniga, tying him down to a five-year contract on Wednesday.
Whether that means two or three more remains to be seen.