Ajax have reportedly enquired about signing Davinson Sanchez from Spurs this month and it could represent the perfect opportunity for Jose Mourinho to axe the Colombian.
According to Dutch news outlet De Telegraaf’s official podcast (via The Spurs Express), the Eredivisie side are keen on signing the centre-back from Spurs this month, having sold the defender to the North London club in 2017.
Spurs signed Sanchez from Ajax in 2017 for £42 million, which was a club-record deal at the time, and he quickly established himself as a regular in Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
During the 2017/18 season, the Colombian international would make 31 appearances in the top-flight, averaging a very solid 6.94 rating.
He remained a regular throughout Pochettino’s time in charge but would see his game time dwindle following the appointment of Jose Mourinho, and he has made just seven Premier League appearances for the North London club this season, in which he has averaged a poor 6.48 rating, with only Rodon rated lower than Sanchez of the Spurs centre-backs.
The Portuguese manager famously told his Manchester United players to target Sanchez during a Europa League final in 2017, and it seems that he is still not entirely convinced by the 24-year-old’s ability on the ball, as he has dropped down the pecking order this season.
The Lilywhites also have youngsters Joe Rodon and Japhet Tanganga emerging as first-team options, so they are arguably not short on centre-backs in their squad, suggesting that Sanchez wouldn’t be missed too much if he was allowed to leave.
Back in 2018, former Spurs boss Tim Sherwood labelled the Colombian “a mistake waiting to happen” and we have unfortunately seen make crucial errors in recent seasons, most recently when he headed into his own goal in the 3-3 draw with West Ham.
Therefore, if Ajax can match the 24-year-old’s £36 million market value this month, it might be worth selling the defender as it could bring in the funds to sign a centre-back more to Mourinho’s fancy, such as Milan Skriniar, who was heavily linked with a move to Spurs during the summer.