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Spurs are closing in on Pape Matar Sarr swoop

Tottenham Hotspur are on the verge of making another addition this transfer window…

What’s the word?

With just a week left to go, it appears that Fabio Paratici and co are close to sealing a fourth signing in young Metz midfielder Pape Matar Sarr.

Renowned Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano took to Twitter to announce:

“Pape Sarr to Tottenham, agreement reached and here-we-go. Deal set to be completed for €15m fee, personal terms agreed on verbal basis waiting for contracts to be signed.”

This came as an update to his report from yesterday, where he said:

“Deal at final stages for talented midfielder Pape Sarr to Tottenham from Metz. The verbal agreement has been reached between the two clubs – now discussing on Sarr staying on loan at Metz until June 2022. Talks ongoing on personal terms. Details still to be sorted.”

The 18-year-old talent is expected to cost in the region of £14m and he is likely to stay with the Ligue 1 outfit before heading to north London next summer.

Are you excited by the arrival of Pape Sarr?

Absolutely!

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No, who?!

One for the future

It seems as if the Lilywhites are planning for the long-term with this move – and quite rightly so.

Spurs boss Nuno Santo is awash with plenty of options in the engine room right now, with Oliver Skipp, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Dele Alli his preference right now.

He also has the likes of Giovani Lo Celso and Harry Winks available from the bench, whilst there’s even Tanguy Ndombele and Moussa Sissoko still on the books despite mooted moves away.

Indeed, Sarr could be the long-term successor to either but perhaps more so to the 31-year-old, who has to be running out of time in the capital.

The veteran Frenchman has regressed over the past 12 to 18 months – as per WhoScored, Sissoko averaged 1.4 dribbles per game during the 2019/20 campaign but that halved to 0.7 in 2020/21 and similarly, his key passes per game dropped by 0.4. Furthermore, he also managed far fewer tackles.

Described as “quite a versatile player” who “plays the box-to-box role” by French football expert Adam White to Football FanCast, the rising Metz prodigy could well take the reigns from Sissoko in a year’s time.

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Sarr enjoyed a breakthrough last season, playing 26 times in all competitions, including full-length appearances against Mauricio Pochettino’s big-spending Paris Saint-Germain and title winners Lille.

The teenager has been likened to Miralem Pjanic and been lauded as a player who’s “got everything”, and his performances would certainly reinforce that.

He averaged two tackles, 1.2 interceptions, 0.8 dribbles and 0.7 key passes per league game last term, via WhoScored. All of which clearly exceed Sissoko’s returns.

Nuno and Paratici could finally axe the dwindling Frenchman by signing Sarr.

This latest and exciting breakthrough is sure to leave many around N17 absolutely buzzing.

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