Tottenham Hotspur are close to agreeing a deal for Metz midfielder Pape Matar Sarr as new manager Nuno Espirito Santo looks to make his mark on the first team squad.
According to Sky Sports, the highly-rated 18-year-old is set to put pen to paper on a long-term contract at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after the club saw off extensive competition for his signature.
The report states: “Sarr is expected to sign a six-year contract at Tottenham but will stay on loan at Metz this season to continue his development.
“It is believed five clubs put offers in front of both Metz and the player, but Tottenham is the preferred option by Sarr. Metz president Bernard Serin flew into Stansted on Monday to have an initial meeting with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy where a deal was agreed in principle there and then.”
Although Levy has often split opinions throughout the Spurs fanbase for his business-like approach to proceedings off the pitch, he has also pulled off several transfer masterclasses during his time in the boardroom.
Stars such as Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Son Heung-min have all joined for relatively modest fees before going on to have great success in north London, and Sarr could be the next gem to experience such a rise on Levy’s watch.
The Senegal international only moved to Metz 12 months ago from boyhood club Generation Foot in his homeland and scored four goals in 25 appearances for the Ligue 1 outfit during his breakout season.
Sarr could become Tottenham’s natural replacement for wantaway midfielder Tanguy Ndombele. The former Lyon ace has reportedly informed the club that he wants to depart the north London giants after just two years, although whether a buyer can be found before August 31 remains to be seen.
With the 5 foot 11 teenage prodigy preferring a box-to-box role, he could develop into the ideal partner for the more defensive-minded Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, and Spurs supporters will surely be looking forward to seeing how Sarr develops in the years to come assuming this deal gets over the line.