Sanchez in North London, Where Have We Heard That Before?

By on August 31, 2017

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There will definitely be at least one South American Premier League star called “Sanchez” in North London this season. Though Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez has dominated the headlines this transfer window, Tottenham Hotspur signing Davinson Sanchez has slipped under the radar. Spurs have completed the club-record £42 million signing of twenty-one-year-old Colombian defender Davinson Sanchez from Dutch outfit Ajax, the first new recruit from the Lilywhites this summer. Spurs will be somewhat more confident in their Sanchez than Arsenal’s wantaway Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez. The Emirates Stadium hero has less than one year remaining on his contract and has been linked with a move to Manchester City, but Arsene Wenger insists he will remain in North London, despite not playing yet this season and the Gunners losing 1-0 to Stoke on Saturday to a debutant Jese Rodriguez strike. Pars St-Germain allowed their £21million forward Jese to join the Potters on loan for the season, as they have no place for the young Spaniard, now that they have the likes of record buy Neymar ripping up the French league – beating Toulouse 6-2 on Sunday to go top of Ligue 1 after three games. Two

Spurs will be somewhat more confident in their Sanchez than Arsenal’s wantaway Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez, who has less than one year remaining on his contract and has been linked with a move to Manchester City. However, Arsene Wenger insists he will remain in North London despite the Gunners’ poor showing so far this season. Two Sanchez’s residing in North London during 2017/18 is the best Arsenal supporters can hope for now that defensive rock Davinson Sanchez has become Spurs’ first recruit of the summer.

Dav a bit of that!

Davinson impressed the Wembley side’s hierarchy with his performances for Ajax in the Europa League last campaign, enticing Spurs to eclipse the £30 million fee paid for midfielder Moussa Sissoko from Newcastle last year and make the Colombian the club’s record signing. Sanchez has signed a six-year deal at Tottenham and the transfer from the Dutch Eredivisie to the English top-flight will consist of a reported initial payment of £28 million and £14 million in add-ons. The Colombian could play in a back three line-up at Wembley alongside fellow former Ajax duo Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, although the future of Alderweireld still seems to be up in the air. Manager Mauricio Pochettino had already raised the funds to sign Sanchez with the sale of Kyle Walker to Man City for £45 million and the club also received £4.5 million from the sale of midfield Iceland international Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea to Everton due to the 10% sell-on clause they installed when he left North London for South Wales in 2014.

Wembley Arch Enemy!

Tottenham suffered another day of Wembley woes at their new Premier League home last weekend as Burnley’s late equalizer denied them their first home win of the year and they had previously lost 2-1 to London arch rivals Chelsea, thanks to two Marcos Alonso finishes. Chelsea lost their opening game 3-2 to Burnley at home so the expectation was on Spurs to get a result, especially after their 2-0 win over Newcastle at St James’ Park on the opening weekend. Yet Tottenham seem jinxed playing in the shadow of Wembley’s famous football arch, as the Blues bounced back from that Burnley defeat with a moral boosting win over their cross-town rivals. The arrival of Sanchez could prove to be a timely addition to kickstart Tottenham’s response.

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