Davinson Sanchez has completed a move to Tottenham Hotspur for a club record fee of £42 million, subject to a medical and a work permit.
The defender becomes Tottenham’s first signing of the summer transfer window, and has agreed a six-year deal with the club.
“I am very excited to be signing for such a famous club as Tottenham Hotspur,” said Sanchez, 21. “I am looking forward to working with [manager] Mauricio Pochettino and the players and meeting everyone there.”
He added: “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.”
Spurs confirmed the move on their official twitter account with back to back tweets confirming the defender had signed a deal that will run up to 2023.
The tweets read: “We are delighted to announce we have reached agreement with Ajax for the transfer of Davinson Sanchez subject to medical & work permit. The Colombia international, 21, has signed a contract with the Club until 2023.”
Sanchez’s name can now also be added to the list of current first-team players whom Spurs have signed from Ajax, with the likes of Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld (not directly) and Christian Eriksen all having made the switch to the Lillywhites from the Dutch club.
Spurs boss Pochettino was initially content with the squad he had, but is now desperate to complete at least three more signings before the transfer window slams shut on the 31st of August.
“I want four players if it’s possible, but it’s not easy. We need time to work,” Pochettino said in a news conference before the signing of Sanchez was confirmed.
“We expect to sign some players before the end of the transfer window. That is our aim — to try to improve our squad, to try to bring new faces, new energy to the team. It will be a long season.”
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