Davinson Sanchez to Tottenham Hotspur looks like it’s getting closer.
Ajax’s not for sale stance hasn’t fooled many in the Netherlands, and the player himself is now the main part of the story, receiving widespread criticism after withdrawing himself from contention to play.
As well as giving sections of the Dutch media something to, perhaps justly, moan about, it also gives Ajax a way out. They can hardly keep a player who clearly wants to leave, especially when faced with a €40m+ offer.
On Monday morning, De Telegraaf reported Sanchez had spoken to Mauricio Pochettino and been left convinced to join Tottenham.
Chelsea were said to be making their interest concrete, and Real Madrid were preparing a bid, but those claims sounded to be at least partly window dressing.
Tottenham officials were set to travel to Amsterdam on Monday and push the deal along.
Monday saw further claims from the Netherlands, Colombia, and England, nearly all suggesting a deal is very close indeed.
Dutch newspaper AD report in their Tuesday edition (also published online on Monday evening) that Tottenham’s delegation arrived and are trying to complete the Sanchez deal.
There are also several representatives from Colombia in Amsterdam, overseeing the transfer from the player’s perspective.
Over at De Telegraaf, their Tuesday edition understandably goes big on the transfer.
Sanchez to Tottenham gets the front page of the Telesport pullout, and it’s explained Spurs met the player’s representative Fernando Schena at Schiphol last night.
Wages won’t be a problem, say De Telegraaf, and Real Madrid and Chelsea are ‘on the bench’.
Ajax want more than €40m, and it feels like that’s a principle thing or feather fluffing. For example, if Tottenham offer £36.5m, which edges just over €40m, then that could be enough – rather than Ajax holding out for something like €45m.
Much of De Telegraaf’s Tuesday article is given over to Dutch pundits shaking fists at the situation.