Tottenham have completed the signing of defender Davinson Sanchez from Ajax in a club record deal reported to be worth £42m.
The 21-year-old Colombian centre-back agreed a six-year deal subject to receipt of his work permit.
Spurs’ previous transfer record was the £30m paid to Newcastle for France midfielder Moussa Sissoko in 2016.
While Ajax were reluctant to part with the defender, the record amount on offer was too tempting for the club to pass up.
“In the past week, many meetings have taken place with Davinson’s business managers and with the Spurs,” said Ajax’s director of player policy Marc Overmars.
“For a long time, it didn’t look like we would reach an agreement. The truth is that we didn’t want to let him go, which was a factor too.
“When we got to this enormous amount, and it became clear that Davinson would leave, I discussed the upcoming weeks with my colleagues at the club. We all agreed that this transfer period is over for us in terms of outbound players. We’re not letting anyone else go.”
Sanchez joined Ajax from Atletico Nacional in June last year. He was named the Dutch side’s player of the year in May.
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“This is a massive opportunity for me because of what Tottenham represent, not just here in England but around the world,” said Sanchez.
“It’s a huge step forward in my career and will allow me to continue developing and achieving big things.
“This is a great chance.”