Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf has 11 pages of sport coverage in their Saturday pull out, yet there’s not one mention of Davinson Sanchez moving to Tottenham Hotspur, despite the claims being around for a few days.
That’s been the pattern, what has been a huge story in England, around Europe, and pushed also in South America, hasn’t really caught the imagination in the Netherlands prior to the weekend.
De Telegraaf have published an online story on Saturday morning, and it sounds like things are changing.
The Dutch newspaper reports Tottenham are serious, Ajax have officially been informed, and Spurs are ready to spend €40m. That’s a lot of money for Dutch football, an awful lot of money.
Marc Overmars is quoted as saying: “Ajax has made Davinson a top offer for a new contract.”
As well as Tottenham, Real Madrid and Barcelona are also credited with interest. Indeed, De Telegraaf say every top club in Europe has Davinson Sanchez on their watching list.
This is the crux from De Telegraaf: ‘Whilst Ajax strongly hopes the big central defender stays longer, it’s also realised that a transfer can’t be completely ruled out.’
The idea of clubs, presumably including Tottenham, playing against each other and sending the price higher than €40m is suggested. And perhaps this is the Dutch media, on behalf of Ajax, using the Tottenham claims to throw out a ‘not for sale/oh ok he is, but you’ve got to pay a lot’ message.
Fishing, if you like.