On the latest episode of the Extra Inch podcast, Chris Miller and Nathan Clark have been reflecting on Spurs’ 2019/20 campaign and looking ahead to next season, with a discussion of some of the players that could leave or join the north London club this summer.
One topic of discussion on the recent episode, which was titled ‘So Long, Super Jan‘, was the future of Davinson Sanchez in Jose Mourinho’s side. The Colombian was dropped from Spurs’ starting line-up for the final game of the season against Crystal Palace, with Eric Dier restored to the side (per BBC), and Miller seems to be worried about the former Ajax man’s future with the club.
Here’s what Miller had to say about the 24-year-old on the podcast:
“I do have long-term concerns about Davinson Sanchez, to be honest. I thought he played really well in the season when he first came and played lots, normally in a back three, if I remember correctly. I don’t think he’s quite developed as we would have hoped. He was not a cheap centre-back signing, he was like £40 million. So if we got an offer of £40 million for him now, they would definitely sell.”
Since joining from Ajax in 2017 for what was at the time a club-record fee of £42 million (per BBC), the centre-back has gone on to make 117 appearances for the Lilywhites; contributing one goal and one assist (per Transfermarkt). As Miller suggests, his form in his first season with the club was impressive, as he made 31 top-flight appearances and averaged a strong 6.94 rating (per Whoscored), but he hasn’t really seemed to develop much from this strong starting point, as in the most recent season he made 29 Premier League appearances, which saw him average a disappointing 6.66 rating (per Whoscored).
Would you sell Sanchez for £40 million?
Considering the 24-year-old is currently valued at £43.2 million and his contract is set to run until 2024 (per Transfermarkt), then if he was sold this summer, you would imagine that Spurs would receive at least £40 million. With Mourinho having Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld, Japhet Tanganga, and Juan Foyth all available to him as centre-backs, you could argue that the South American could struggle to maintain a starting spot ahead of next season, so perhaps we will see Spurs cash in on him.