Tottenham Hotspur have completed their fourth signing of the summer transfer window…
According to renowned Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the north Londoners have secured promising Metz midfielder, Pape Matar Sarr, in a €15m (£12.8m) deal.
“Medical completed and now paperworks to be signed for Pape Sarr to Tottenham, here we go confirmed,” he tweeted. “Done deal for €15m guaranteed plus potential “huge” add ons amount in the future.
“Sarr will stay on loan at Metz until June 2022, confirmed.”
It’s an exciting time to be a Spurs supporter and that largely comes down to the appointment of sporting director Fabio Paratici from Juventus, the first person in such a role since the summer of 2015.
Since his arrival, the Lilywhites have signed some encouraging players, including central defender Cristian Romero from Atalanta and Spanish wonderkid Bryan Gil.
Both are 23 years old or under, which suggests there is some forward planning behind these moves. Sarr is the latest name to reinforce this as the 18-year-old will continue his progress at the Ligue 1 outfit before coming to north London.
These are also the sorts of moves that were lacking during the Mauricio Pochettino era and arguably that has been the biggest root cause for their stagnation over the last two seasons or so.
The Argentine guided Spurs to three successive top-three finishes and a Champions League final, and did so by not making a new signing for 18 straight months (three transfer windows).
That is exactly why a swoop for Sarr should excite many around the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – not to mention his actual ability.
Sarr averaged two tackles, 1.2 interceptions, 0.8 dribbles and 0.7 key passes per league game in the French top-flight last term, via WhoScored.
Furthermore, with Tanguy Ndombele and Moussa Sissoko’s future in the air, he could be an ideal successor in a year’s time, so again, it’s been a wise call from Paratici and co to get him in now.
It may take a while to see these sorts of signings pay dividends but considering the negativity under Jose Mourinho last season, plenty of supporters have reason to be excited going forward.