Comments from Jose Mourinho show how he isolated Tottenham target Davinson Sanchez.
The newspaper suggest that talks have started between the two clubs over the £35m-rated Colombian, but comments from Jose Mourinho indicate that the defender would be a poor fit for the Lilywhites.
Ajax's defender Davinson Sanchez (R) is watched by teammate Kasper Dolberg as he scores during the Champions League second leg football match between OGC Nice and Ajax
Sanchez’s last game against Premier League opposition came against Manchester United in the high-pressure environment of the Europa League final, in which the Red Devils prevailed.
And comments from Mourinho a month after that match showed how he focused on Sanchez’s weakness with the ball at his feet to help obtain victory.
Sanchez inability to play through United’s pressure forced him to throw long balls forward to lone striker Kasper Dolberg, who was aerially dominated by the Red Devils’ more physical centre-halves.
Playing out from the back is a big part of Mauricio Pochettino’s style at Tottenham, with Toby Alderweireld gaining particular praise for his passing ability in the Argentine’s system.
Ajax Colombian defender Davinson Sánchez (L) and Manchester United's English midfielder Jesse Lingard vie for the ball during the UEFA Europa League final football match Ajax Amsterdam v...
If Sanchez is unable to negotiate a high press with quick thinking and intricate passing, then he would be quite unsuited to Spurs, a point that has already been raised on Twitter:
That does not strike me as the type of CB we should be going after. Unlike Veltman who plays to his right but just signed a new contract.— Nathan (@TTTactics) August 9, 2017
Pochettino is yet to add to his squad during the summer window, and is coming under increasing pressure to do so with under a month to go until deadline day.