Kevin Phillips has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur are not likely to recoup the transfer fee they paid for Davinson Sanchez should the club decide to sell the central defender in the summer.
Sanchez was struggling for regular game time in the first few months of the campaign and it seemed like the Colombian had fallen out of favour with Jose Mourinho.
However, the Spurs boss has been forced into chopping and changing his backline since the turn of the year due to a series of poor defensive errors at the back.
Reports indicate that despite the improvement he has shown recently, Mourinho does not trust the 24-year-old and is happy to move him on at the end of the season.
Reports from Spain indicate that Sevilla are ready to pay €40m (£34.2m) for Sanchez in the summer and Phillips believes Tottenham cannot hope to recoup more than that for the defender who they signed for £42m from Ajax in 2017.
When asked about the reports suggesting Spurs could cash in on Sanchez, the former Sunderland striker told Football Insider: “I would say they could get to £35m if you include add-ons.
“Did they pay over the odds for him? I suppose when that time came around it might’ve been the right kind of money when you see some of the fees paid for other players.
“I don’t expect them to get the same back, they’ll probably be looking at about £30 or £35m come the summer.
“Tottenham will want as much as they can because it is vital they get two new centre backs if they really want to challenge next season.”
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We paid £42m for Sanchez’s potential as he clearly had the qualities to turn into a top centre-half. Unfortunately, the Colombian has not improved as much as Tottenham would have hoped for during the four years he has been at the club and still makes at least a couple of clumsy challenges every game.
It is evident that there is potentially a top player in Sanchez if he can iron out the silly mistakes he makes. However, despite the fact that he is playing regularly at the moment, I would not be surprised if he is sold ahead of Eric Dier in the summer.
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