Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed the transfers of Davinson Sanchez and Tanguy Ndombele to Turkish outfit Galatasaray.
The English transfer window closed on Friday night but the window in Turkey remains open until September 15 and this has enabled Galatasaray to swoop for two players of Tottenham’s unwanted talents.
Ndombele has joined Galatasaray on loan for the rest of the season and they have the option to make the deal permanent next summer. This is while Sanchez, who has made two appearances under Ange Postecoglou this season, has finalised a permanent transfer.
The departures of the duo will be a boost to Postecoglou, who has repeatedly made clear his desire to trim a bloated first-team squad.
Ndombele will get his wish of Champions League football by signing for the Turkish Superliga side, with this set to be his third consecutive loan spell away from Spurs since he joined in 2019.
The French international was originally given a chance to revive his Tottenham career upon Postecoglou’s arrival, but an ankle injury in pre-season was followed with poor time-keeping issues that saw the Australian coach give the green light for Ndombele’s departure.
Sanchez will follow him to Galatasaray in a deal worth in the region of 15 million euros (£12.8m), which brings his six-year association with the north London outfit to an end.
Colombia centre-back Sanchez made 207 appearances for Tottenham following his arrival from Ajax but endured a mixed time, with his last outing for the club in a penalty shoot-out defeat to Fulham in the Carabao Cup where his spot-kick was saved.
Tottenham have been a breath of fresh air at the start of this season and Heung Min-Son – who scored a hat-trick in their 5-2 win over Burnley on Saturday – has suggested that they are “playing with joy” under Postecoglou.
“(Postecoglou) wants to have the ball, he wants to dominate the game and he wants to play as high as possible and in their half of the pitch which our players are really interested in it and put a lot of effort into it,” Son said.
“Everyone is enjoying it and you could see on the pitch that everyone is playing with joy, with the happiness which is very helpful for the team.”
Son added: “Everyone has to take a big responsibility because you have no Harry Kane on your team.
“Everyone is good enough to step up, we have good players especially on the wing and then we got a new signing (Brennan Johnson) as well so we’re very excited about it.
“Everyone, not just me, I think this is team sport so everyone has to take a big responsibility to score the goals and be hungry for the goals.”