Everything you need to know about Davinson Sanchez

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Tottenham have finally completed their first signing of the summer with a club record deal for Davinson Sanchez – while they remain linked with a move for Pape Cheikh.

Danny Rose implored Spurs to bolster their squad – albeit not with players “you have to Google and say, ‘Who’s that?'” – in an interview with The Sun last week.

Sanchez and Cheikh are not exactly the profile Rose will have been hoping for, but they are promising players nonetheless and will add competition and depth to a squad set to compete on four fronts this season.

Here’s what we know about the pair…

Davinson Sanchez

Spurs completed the signing of Sanchez on Friday for a transfer fee which could rise to €42million.

The Colombian only joined Ajax last summer in a €5million deal from Atletico Nacional after reportedly turning down a move to Barcelona in favour of first-team football.

Sanchez went on to score six goals in 44 appearances in all competitions last term, helping Ajax reach the Europa League final as part of the exciting, young side led by Everton new boy Davy Klaassen.

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Klaassen described his former team-mate as “a beast”, adding: “I understand why he has been linked with top clubs. He has the stature, the power.”

Capped by Colombia twice, the centre-back already has a taste for success having won the Copa Libertadores with Atletico Nacional, while he was named Ajax’s 2017 Player of the Year.

Should he complete a move to White Hart Lane, he could complete a back three of former Ajax defenders alongside Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.

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Pape Cheikh

Cheikh is likely to be even more of an unknown quantity among Tottenham supporters and will cost around £8million to sign, according to The Guardian.

Reports earlier this week suggested Lyon have outbid Spurs for Cheikh, but the player remains keen to move to London.

Born in Senegal, the Celta Vigo midfielder has represented Spain at youth level and was part of the side which won the European Under-19 Championship two years ago.

 

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An athletic, box-to-box midfielder, the 20-year-old has made 22 appearances in La Liga over the past two seasons, only five of which were starts.

Spurs do face competition from Lyon for the Cheikh, who is considered one of Spain’s brightest prospects, but the north Londoners appear confident of completing a deal.


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