“Yes, I have spoken” – Agent reveals talks with La Liga club as Tottenham man seeks exit

Davinson Sanchez could be on his way out of Tottenham Hotspur after struggling for fitness and playing time in the last 12 months. The 25-year-old fell behind Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier and Joe Rodon in the pecking order last season and has serious interest from Sevilla this summer.

Sanchez’s agent Nestor Villarreal admitted holding talks with Sevilla over a potential deal but didn’t make any progress, telling Caracol Radio (h/t Football.London): “They are just rumours.

“Yes, I have spoken to the people of Sevilla, but at the moment, they have a full squad. If a transfer happens on their part, those rumours could be true, but concretely there is nothing, only talks.”

The ‘full squad’ Villarreal refers to may be about Jules Kounde. The 22-year-old has been linked with a move to Chelsea, so his exit could result in Sevilla bringing in Sanchez. Alternatively, Sevilla may not make an approach for the Tottenham man if Kounde remains at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium.

Why could Sanchez be leaving?

Sanchez has made 149 appearances in all competitions since joining Tottenham from Ajax in 2017, scoring three goals with one assist. The Colombian international started only 17 Premier League games last season, however, so the writing has been on the wall for some time.

Alderweireld featured more regularly than Sanchez in 2020/21 but was sold at he end of the campaign, so nobody is safe if the club deems them dispensable. And the fact Tottenham are bringing in a centre-back who is a considerable improvement on the Belgian and Colombian certainly helps.

Who are Tottenham considering as his replacement?

Spurs are lining up Cristian Romero from Atalanta as a potential replacement and may have to pay in excess of €50m (£42.7m) to procure his signature. The highly-rated 23-year-old was named Serie A defender of the season and played three times for Argentina in their Copa America triumph this summer.

Romero won 112 aerial duels, completed 86.2% of his passes, blocked 34 shots/passes/crosses, made 68 clearances, was dribbled past only once every 115 minutes and averaged a tackle (63) or interception (96) every 16 minutes. He looks the real deal.