Turkish news outlet Milliyet have claimed that Galatasaray managed to secure a significant discount on the fee that Tottenham were initially demanding for Davinson Sanchez.

Spurs offloaded both Sanchez and Tanguy Ndombele to Galatasaray on Monday, with the Turkish side paying €9.5m (£8.1m) for the former and signing the latter on loan with an option to buy for €15m (£12.8m).

Milliyet have now explained negotiating with Spurs for the centre-back was not easy, with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy initially thought to have demanded €22m (£118.9m) for the Colombian.

The report states that the Istanbul club had no intention of paying such a fee, which is why Levy then lowered his asking price to €16.5m (£14.1m).

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Galatasaray negotiated lower fee for Davinson Sanchez

It is said that Galatasaray then got a big boost as Sanchez turned down a move to Bayer Leverkusen close to deadline day, which eventually meant that the Turkish club got the 27-year-old for just around €9m (£8m), which is €13m (£11.1m) less than Spurs initially demanded.

The publication adds that Galatasaray vice-president Erden Timur came out as the ‘winner’ of the negotiations with the Tottenham supremo.

Finally, the outlet reveals that it was during the negotiations over Sanchez that Timur asked about Ndombele, with a deal for the Frenchman being concluded quickly between the parties ahead of the window closing.

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While Sanchez was evidently generating a lot of interest around Europe, none of those clubs were seemingly in a position to pay a sizable fee on the Colombian. 

Galatasaray held all the cards once the centre-back stayed at N17 beyond last Friday’s deadline as Spurs could only sell him to clubs from Turkey and Saudi Arabia after that point.

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