In Focus: Tottenham targets Sanchez and Diop may not even start for Spurs

According to reports in The Sun, Tottenham Hotspur are closing in on a £50m double deal to sign Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez and Celta Vigo attacking midfielder Pape Cheikh Diop, which has potentially cast a doubt on their pursuit of Everton star Ross Barkley.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Sun says Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is finally set to add to his squad after failing to make any new signings so far this summer.

The Sun says that the north London outfit are closing in on a £35m deal to sign Sanchez, who was left out of the Ajax squad on Saturday, with the highly-rated Colombian wanting to continue his development in the Premier League under the leadership of the Argentine manager.

Meanwhile, the report adds that Diop is set to be the next arrival through the doors at Wembley next week with the Spanish youth international set to cost £15m from the La Liga outfit.

How did the duo do last season?

They were both very impressive.

Sanchez has established himself as a key first-team player for Ajax despite being just 21 years of age and he made 46 appearances in all competitions last season.

His performances were one of the reasons the Dutch giants made it all the way to the Europa League final last term, before losing to Manchester United.

Diop was less of a regular after making 19 outings in total but he has shown enough promise in those minutes on the pitch to suggest that he could have a bright future with Spurs.

Would they be good signings for Tottenham?

They certainly would be, but they aren’t guaranteed to be starters.

Pochettino needs to add another centre-back to his squad to compete with Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld with Kevin Wimmer seemingly not fancied and it not being Eric Dier’s preferred position.

Sanchez showed his defensive capabilities last term by winning 65 aerial duels as well as making 153 clearances and 61 interceptions in 31 Eredivisie appearances, while he had a 89% passing accuracy and showed how much of a huge threat he can be at the other end of the pitch by scoring six goals.

Diop would potentially be one for the future and not an immediate starter considering his record with Celta Vigo last season, but he showed how good he is in possession with a passing accuracy of 88% in 16 La Liga outings.