Davinson Sanchez was compared to Jaap Stam by Ruud Gullit earlier this year; time for Tottenham fans to get excited?

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Tottenham have certainly had success raiding Ajax for defenders in recent years, but the latest one could end up being the best of the bunch.

Jesse Lingard of Manchester United is tackled by Davinson Sánchez of Ajax  during the UEFA Europa League Final between Ajax and Manchester United at Friends Arena on May 24, 2017 in...Jesse Lingard of Manchester United is tackled by Davinson Sánchez of Ajax during the UEFA Europa League Final between Ajax and Manchester United

Tottenham Hotspur's move for Ajax star Davinson Sanchez may be one that has left supporters of the north London club scratching their head at the size of the fee for a player many won't know too much about.

Indeed, if the Guardian are to be believed the transfer could be as much as  £42 million - firmly putting him among the most expensive defenders of all time.

But, having only recently turned 21-years-old, the Colombia international boasts both impressive fans and impressive awards.

Sanchez has only been playing in Europe for one year, having moved from Atletico Nacional in June 2016. But in that time he has earned a runners up medal in both the Eredivisie, and more impressively, the Europa League; winning the club's Player of the Year trophy trophy in his debut season.

And arguably the most famous Dutch sportsman alive - Ruud Gullit - is one who Sanchez can count in his corner, with the former Chelsea boss waxing lyrical about his quality.

Netherlands Assistant Head CoachNetherlands Assistant Head Coach Ruud Gullit

Speaking in his column in Telesport in April, Netherlands assistant Gullit had words which should excite the Tottenham fans who have been waiting semi-patiently for new faces this summer.

"He is a class apart, a robber of a defender, powerful and at the same time quick," he is quoted as telling Telesport after a 2-0 win over Schalke in Europe.

"Jaap Stam was the last Ajax player with such defensive qualities."

Spurs fans would certainly be happy if Sanchez's displays are anywhere near the quality of  Manchester United legend - and current Reading boss - Stam, who won three Premier League trophies in three years in England as well as the Champions League in 1999. Stam played at Ajax in his final season, with all of his experience to draw on, while Sanchez's career is merely beginning.

Gullit's words are especially interesting considering Sanchez is likely to line up alongside two more great Ajax centre backs at Tottenham: Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.

According to Gullit, Sanchez is better than them both. High praise indeed.

Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur (R) with Jan Vertonghen celebrates as he scores their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester...Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur (R) and Jan Vertonghen celebrate

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