Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur pay club-record fee of £42m for Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez

Sanchez, who was a pivotal member of the side that reached the Europa League final only to lose to Manchester United, signed a six-year contract with Spurs.

AFP August 18, 2017 23:11:56 IST
Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur pay club-record fee of £42m for Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez

London: Colombian international defender Davinson Sanchez became Tottenham Hotspur's first signing of the close season on Friday when they paid a reported club record £42million (46m, $54m) to Dutch side Ajax.

The 21-year-old, who was a pivotal member of the side that reached the Europa League final only to lose to Manchester United, signed a six-year contract with last season's Premier League runners-up.

Premier League Tottenham Hotspur pay clubrecord fee of 42m for Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez

Tottenham Hotspur paid £42m to Dutch side Ajax for defender Davinson Sanchez. Image Courtesy: Twitter/@SpursOfficial

His deal is dependent on him passing a medical and securing a work permit.

"We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with AFC Ajax for the transfer of Davinson Sanchez subject to a medical and work permit," the club said in a statement on its website.

Sanchez, capped twice by the senior side since making his debut last year, said the move would allow him to develop as a player.

"I would like to thank the coach, management, players and fans of Ajax," he told the Tottenham website.

"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."

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