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Tottenham: Davinson Sánchez linked with Napoli move

Tottenham defender Davinson Sánchez has been linked with a move to Italian giants Napoli in the January transfer window, with the Colombian reportedly available for around £25m.

What’s the story?

According to Italian outlet Calcio In Pillole, the Azzurri are eyeing a move for Sánchez, with current Napoli defender Kostas Manolas due to sign for Greek outfit Olympiakos.

The 25-year-old has had mixed fortunes this season, managing just six starts in the Premier League. However, he has started Spurs’ last two games, with his stock rising under new manager Antonio Conte.

Having been bought for a reported £42m from Ajax in 2017, the defender’s form has been inconsistent, which may tempt Conte to cash in on him in order to fund new additions.

According to Transfermarkt, the defender is valued at £28.8m, but reports suggest that a fee of £25m could be enough for the north London club to part ways with the Columbian.

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Last season, Sánchez was subject to criticism from pundit and former Premier League defender Kenny Cunningham, who labelled him “awful” and referred to him as a “liability” after an error-laden performance against Newcastle.

In four-and-a-half years at Tottenham, the Colombian has never recorded a seasonal WhoScored rating of more than 7.00, which indicates that he has been rather average on a consistent basis for the club.

Spurs should sell Sánchez

Should the right offer come in, Tottenham may well be tempted to cash in on Sánchez. Despite being reportedly available for just over half of what was paid for him, his long-term future under Conte appears to be in doubt.

The Colombian has only featured in the last two games because of an injury suffered by fellow centre-back Cristian Romero, putting his long-term future at the club in doubt.

Sánchez has been in and out of the Tottenham setup this season in what has been a turbulent campaign thus far with a managerial change.

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Across all competitions, the 25-year-old has played 946 minutes; and before the injury to Romero, he hadn’t started a Premier League match since September.

It could be argued that Spurs could do with depth at centre-back for the rest of the season, with Conte deploying a back three, but the North London club may find it difficult to reject a lucrative offer for a player in Sánchez who has flattered to deceive during his time at N17.

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