Tottenham are close to signing Pape Sarr from Metz but face stern competition from a number of Premier League clubs for the 18-year-old’s signature, report The Athletic.
Fabio Paratici, Spurs’ director of football, is nearing an agreement with the Ligue 1 side however the two parties are yet to finalise a fee and agree personal terms, leaving the door open for transfer hijacking.
Serie A side, Atalanta, are also a named club that are believed to be interested in the Senegal international in addition to the host of Premier League sides brawling for the youngsters services.
Despite the economic crisis that flooded through French football after Mediapro’s €3billion (£2.58bn) Ligue 1 TV deal collapsed, coupled with the financial woes following Covid, Metz are holding out for two propositions that would see them allow Sarr to leave.
Should Daniel Levy want to prize the midfielder to north London, Spurs will either have to offer a substantial up-front fee or they will pay a lower fee but loan Sarr back to Metz for the remainder of the season and cover his wages, report The Athletic.
Sarr, who signed a five-year deal with Mtez in September 2020, burst onto the scene last season for French side making 27 appearances across all competitions.
He quickly became one of the club’s most important payers featuring in all but one of Metz’s Ligue 1 fixtures following the turn of the new year last season.
Sarr is highly-regarded as a versatile midfielder who can operate as a six, eight or as a ten with impressive performances in each of those respective positions against Montpellier, Marseille and more recently Lille on the maiden day of the 2021/22 Ligue 1 season.
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Following his international debut for Senegal, alongside Premier League royalty in the shape of Sadio Mane, Sarr discussed what he felt was he best position in midfield.
He said: “In Senegal, I played mainly as a no.8. Here I’ve been mostly playing as a no.6 but I am comfortable in either position.”
However, while the arrival of Sarr seems an exciting spectacle, Tottenham must deal with the future of Tanguy Ndombele who informed Spurs that he would like to leave the club this summer, according to The Athletic.
The 24-year-old midfielder, who joined Spurs for £54 million in 2019 from Lyon, didn’t feature in any of Nuno Espirito Santo’s pre-season games.
Ndombele was also absent from the squad that travelled to Manchester City on the club’s maiden clash of the 2021/22 Premier League season.