Serie A title hopefuls eye loan move for Tottenham defender

Lewis Oldham
Tottenham defender Sanchez

Serie A title challengers Napoli are keen to sign Tottenham Hotspur defender Davinson Sanchez, according to reports in Italy.

The Columbia international joined Spurs from Ajax in 2017 for a fee that could rise to £42m with add-ons.

The defender has been in and out of the team this season. He played the full 90 minutes in four of their first six Premier League games.

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But he was then dropped to the bench for their next five league games. Ex-Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo was replaced by Antonio Conte in November.

Sanchez has featured prominently under the Italian. He has started alongside Eric Dier and Ben Davies as part of a back five in their last three Premier League outings.

Italian outlet Il Mattino (as cited by Sport Witness) are reporting that Sanchez is on Napoli’s list of January targets. They are looking for Kostas Manolas’ replacement after he returned to Olympiacos.

The report states that Napoli are looking for an “opportunity” to sign him on loan with an option to buy. This move looks unlikely though given that Sanchez has been relied upon by Conte of late. Napoli are currently second in Serie A.

Sanchez was in the Tottenham team that drew 2-2 against Liverpool on Sunday. Conte said post-match that his side should have won:

“I think it was an exciting game and we created many chances to score and win the game. We have to be a bit disappointed with the draw. For sure we played against a really strong team,” Conte said

“For the chances we created, we go home with the thought instead of one point it could be three points.

“We prepared a plan. It’s not simple to defend against them. When we’re in possession I said we could create problems for Liverpool. This happened today. The supporters have seen a good exciting game.

“I don’t want to speak about the decision of the referee. I think the game was good for both teams. Harry played a good game. He scored a goal of vital importance. He had chances to score other goals. He’s an important player for us.

“Dele Alli played a good game. With this formation with three midfielders he can play as a midfielder and I think he’s strong physically. If he was a bit effective he could score but the performance was good. It’s important to understand the players I can count on now for the future. Also to find the right solution for formation. To have two possibilities is good for the team.”

On the Premier League meeting tomorrow: “The people have to make the best decision for everybody. To be safe is the most important thing. If they decide to stop everything if they decide to find different solutions and not close… I think we have to follow what they tell us.”