Spurs confirm signing of Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez until 2023

Leipzig's forward Timo Werner reacts after scoring the 2-1 during the German first division Bundesliga football match between RB Leipzig and FC Bayern Munich

Leipzig's forward Timo Werner reacts after scoring the 2-1 during the German first division Bundesliga football match between RB Leipzig and FC Bayern Munich

Tottenham broke their transfer record to make the club's first signing of the summer yesterday, bringing in Colombia centre back Davinson Sanchez from Ajax for a fee that could rise to €42 million.

Sanchez won Ajax's Player of the Year Award in his only season at the club, which was previously won by Tottenham team-mate Belgian worldwide Jan Vertonghen in 2012 and former Spurs star Rafael van der Vaart in 2002.

Pochettino said: "I can not speak about him because he's not our player".

Tottenham, which finished runner-up in the 2016-17 Premier League and has been the league's most consistent side over the past two seasons, may be more circumspect than its rivals but it is not a totally different beast and knows it must speculate even to stand still, let alone move forward.

The club's long wait for a summer signing has ended with the announcement of a move for Sanchez subject to a medical and the granting of a work permit.

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The Colombian worldwide - who had previously been linked with the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Barcelona - leaves Ajax having netted six times in 44 appearances in all competition, as well as playing a key role in their run to last season's Europa League final.

If those conditions are met, Spurs will end up paying £42m - which would represent a club record deal for the White Hart Lane club - so it's certainly a statement of intent by Tottenham heading in to what's expected to be a busy fortnight.

Should Pochettino revert to a back three following his use of just two centre-backs last weekend against Newcastle, it would allow him to drop a player like Moussa Sissoko, who offers nearly nothing in attack, and include the pace of power of Sanchez at the back.

Spurs have also been linked with Everton's Ross Barkley during a summer that has so far seen no new arrivals at a club that is making Wembley... "We need time to work". He signed a six-year deal. Last month he revealed that there had been "zero progress" with regards to talks over a lucrative extension. He still has a three-year contract.

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