Tottenham Hotspur had something of a hit-and-miss record in the transfer market while Daniel Levy was primarily responsible for the club’s signings, with the chairman striking gold on the likes of Son Heung-min, Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld, while moves for players such as Clinton N’Jie, Tanguy Ndombele and Roberto Soldado did not work out quite as well.
And, while there was a great deal of excitement amongst Spurs supporters at the time of Davinson Sanchez’s then-club-record £42m move from Ajax back in August of 2017, unfortunately for both Tottenham and the 26-year-old centre-back, he now finds himself alongside N’Jie, Ndombele and Soldado in the latter category of Levy’s signings for the north London side.
Despite a decent start to life in England during his debut campaign at Tottenham in 2017/18 – with the £21.8m-rated talent averaging an impressive SofaScore match rating of 7.00 over his 31 Premier League appearances – Sanchez has seen his game time become increasingly more limited in recent campaigns, starting just 13 top flight fixtures under Antonio Conte last season.
It has been a similar story for the £65k-per-week defender so far this term, being given the nod from the off just five times in Spurs’ 2022/23 Premier League campaign – despite the fact that Conte sets his side up with a three-man backline.
Furthermore, talk in the summer suggested that the Italian manager would be willing to part with the player who John Wenham dubbed “reckless” if a suitable offer was made, with AC Milan reported to be keen on the Colombian centre-back.
However, no bid ultimately arrived for Sanchez, although, considering the defender now has a market valuation that is roughly half of the figure – 48%, to be exact – Tottenham paid Ajax for his services a little over five years ago, it would appear extremely unlikely that, even if an offer were made for the 26-year-old, it would be anywhere near the club’s initial £42m outlay.
As such, while there is still time for the former Ajax starlet to come good in north London, considering just how much Levy paid to bring the 50-cap international to the club, coupled with his largely disappointing returns and drastic drop in value, it is clear to see that the 60-year-old chairman had a financial shocker when signing Sanchez back in the summer of 2017.