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Tottenham exit guaranteed as Fabio Paratici urged to sell defender ‘now’ after disastrous season

Davinson Sanchez and Japhet Tanganga of Tottenham

Tottenham have been told to offload Davinson Sanchez as soon as possible, with the defender enduring a tough time under Antonio Conte and unlikely to ever get back in the starting lineup in north London.

Sanchez has fallen down the pecking order at Tottenham following the arrivals of centre-backs Cristian Romero in summer 2021 and Clement Lenglet last year. With Conte also able to rely on Eric Dier, Japhet Tanganga and Ben Davies, Sanchez is spending plenty of time on the bench.

He has made 17 appearances in all competitions so far this season. But only six of those have lasted a full 90 minutes. Sanchez generally gets a decent amount of game time in cup competitions but is left out when it comes to important Premier League matches.

The 26-year-old is out of contract in June 2024. Spurs are unlikely to offer him an extension, so it would make sense if the they parted ways at the end of the current campaign. That would allow Spurs to still make a good amount of money back on Sanchez.

Sport Witness have provided a report detailing Sanchez’s situation, which cites Colombian outlet El Futbolero. It urges Spurs to ‘sell him now’ as he is not gaining anything from warming the bench at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Romero’s top performances have resulted in Sanchez being ‘erased’ from the starting eleven. He is having a ‘hard time’ under Conte. And while the Italian could leave at the end of the season, a new manager joining will not be enough for Sanchez to stay.

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It is claimed ‘everything indicates’ that the Colombian should find a new club in the summer transfer window. Spurs director of football Fabio Paratici must therefore begin to look for potential suitors.

Sanchez became Spurs’ record signing when joining in a £42million deal from Ajax back in August 2017. His transfer has since been eclipsed by moves for Tanguy Ndombele, Richarlison and Romero.

Tottenham to take financial hit when selling player

While Spurs paid big money to capture Sanchez, they are unlikely to get over £25m of that original £42m fee back. Sanchez has struggled to perform well in England and his lack of minutes will do little to impress interested clubs.

transfermarkt put the 51-cap international’s value at €25m (£22m).

French club Nice began talks with Spurs for Sanchez in January. At the time, the player did not want to leave Spurs, but that decision has surely changed by now.

Nice could come back in for Sanchez in the summer as they clearly believe they can get him playing well again by providing him with regular game time.

Last month, Sanchez spoke openly about his struggles at Spurs after being named captain in the FA Cup fourth round victory over Preston.

He said: “I’m really happy [to be captain]. You wait for these types of moment, more when you are at the club for as long as I’ve been. I’m very thankful to the boys for being behind me.

“Definitely [it has been a frustrating period]. As a player, especially at my age and knowing that I’m very capable to play in this team. I think when no game time comes it’s very hard. You’re an international player as well, and looking at that situation. You don’t want to disappear out of football.

“But I’m still here, I’m still competitive and I’m still showing I’m ready to play. If the manager says I deserve it, I will. If not, I’ll wait for my moment and then maybe there’s a decision to take. I have to show that I’m professional enough to face this situation.”

Meanwhile, Tottenham assistant boss Cristian Stellini was full of praise for one ‘amazing’ Spurs star after the win against Chelsea.