Former Ajax coach admits club’s interest in 24-year-old Spurs player

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Former Ajax coach, Gerard van der Lem has revealed that he has heard the Dutch club are interested in signing Tottenham defender Davinson Sanchez this summer. 

Spurs paid what was then a club-record fee of £42m to Ajax in 2017 to snap up Sanchez after the centre-back’s breakout year in Amsterdam following a move to European football.

The Colombian showed plenty of promise during his first couple of seasons at Spurs but has failed to kick on and develop in the way the club would have hoped.

Sanchez has endured a campaign to forget so far, making some poor individual errors and finding himself in and out of the side.

It looks unlikely that the 24-year-old is going to get too many opportunities to impress until the end of the season, with Ryan Mason seeming to favour a partnership of Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld in central defence. 

Reports indicate that Sanchez is likely to leave North London this summer, with a return to Ajax rumoured to be on the cards for the centre-back.

Van der Lem, who had two spells as assistant first-team coach at the Johan Cruyff Arena, has now admitted that there is truth to the speculation linking the Eredivisie giants with the Spurs star.

He told NH Sportcafe (as relayed by Ajax Showtime): “I have heard in the corridors that they want to bring him back. The question is on what basis.

“In England, it is a purchase that does not work. Then they sell him for thirty per cent less; they don’t care.

“The best is if you can buy him, but if you can rent him, that’s of course great.”

Spurs Web Opinion 

While Sanchez certainly possesses the physical attributes to evolve into a top defender, he simply has not been able to iron out the rough edges from his game.

He seems like the same rough diamond he was three or four years ago and one could understand why the club seem to have run out of patience with him.

I expect him to be sold this summer as his value is only likely to drop further if we keep him around warming the bench for another season. 

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