Monday 16 July 2018

Tottenham secure Davinson Sanchez signing

Davinson Sanchez has completed his switch to Spurs
Davinson Sanchez has completed his switch to Spurs
Tottenham have completed the signing of goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga from Southampton

Tottenham have completed the signing of Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez for a reported club record fee of £42million.

Spurs announced a deal for the 21-year-old had been agreed on Friday and the Colombia centre-back underwent a medical and finalised the remaining paperwork on Wednesday.

Sanchez has agreed a contract until 2023 and the fee is believed to eclipse the previous club record of £30million which Spurs paid Newcastle for midfielder Moussa Sissoko last summer.

"This is a massive opportunity for me because of what Tottenham represents, not just here in England but around the world," said Sanchez, whose move is subject to the receipt of a work permit.

"It's a huge step forward in my career and will allow me to continue developing and achieving big things. This is a great chance."

Sanchez joined Eredivisie side Ajax in June last year on a five-year deal after leaving Atletico Nacional in his homeland.

He played in last season's Europa League final, which Manchester United won 2-0, and was named Ajax's player of the year in May.

Mauricio Pochettino has been keen to add to his squad this summer and the completion of Sanchez's switch came on a busy day for the Tottenham boss.

Spurs also brought in goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga from Southampton on Wednesday and extended the contract of right-back Kyle Walker-Peters.

Gazzaniga spent last season on loan at Spanish club Rayo Vallecano and has penned a contract until 2022 and will provide back-up to Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm.

The 25-year-old, who started his career at Valencia before moving to England with Gillingham in July 2011, said: "I feel amazing and am so happy to start training with the boys.

"This is an amazing club and the facilities are unbelievable."

Walker-Peters, meanwhile, has signed a new contract which will keep him at the club until 2020.

The 20-year-old made his first-team debut against Newcastle on the opening day of the new Premier League season in a 2-0 win and was named man of the match at St James' Park.

He said: ''To make my debut and get three points, get man of the match, I am delighted of course and it just shows that I need to kick on now and it makes me want more of that."

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