According to reports, Tottenham Hotspur have rejected a €9 million (£7.7 million) proposal from Ligue 1 club Rennes for Colombian center-back Davinson Sanchez.
The former Ajax man is poised to leave the Premier League after his own fans turned against him after Spurs’ defeat to Bournemouth last season.
Sanchez came off the bench to replace the injured Clement Lenglet, but was quickly replaced by Cristian Stellini, prompting boos from the home crowd as Tottenham lost 3-2.
The 27-year-old was already behind Eric Dier, Cristian Romero, and Ben Davies in Ange Postecoglou’s four-man backline, while newcomer Micky van de Ven has established himself as Romero’s first-choice partner.
As a result, Sanchez was free to leave the club earlier in the summer transfer season, and Spartak Moscow reportedly had a £12.9m proposal approved, but the defender was hesitant to relocate to Russia.
Galatasaray and Monaco have also been mentioned as possible destinations for the out-of-favour Sanchez, but Rennes has now approached Spurs with an official bid, according to The Athletic.
Davinson Sanchez | Rennes offer for the defender got rejected by Tottenham
Tottenham reportedly turned down the French club’s offer of €9 million (£7.7 million) to buy the Colombian international out of his contract’s final year before he leaves on a free transfer.
Regardless of Sanchez’s contract situation, Spurs are believed to be seeking at least €15 million (£12.9 million) and as much as €20 million (£17.2 million) to let the 27-year-old depart, having paid €42 million (£36.1 million) to recruit him from Ajax in 2017.
The South American is still in Postecoglou’s plans, having replaced the injured Romero in their opening Premier League match against Brentford on August 13. Additionally, if Sanchez goes, Tottenham would only have a short time to find a replacement.
Sanchez has since been an unused replacement against Manchester United and Bournemouth, but he will be expected to start against Fulham in the EFL Cup second round on Tuesday, and Spurs are no longer actively attempting to sell him after he showed his worth as a backup option.
Sanchez has five goals and one assist in 206 games for Spurs over the last six seasons. While the Colombian may stay, Spurs are looking to sell some other defenders.
As with Sanchez, England international Dier has only one year left on his contract and is on the verge of being released after failing to make a single Premier League team this season.
The 29-year-old might be used as a makeweight in negotiations with Fulham for Tosin Adarabioyo, with Scottish champions Celtic also keeping a close eye on events.
However, Dier is still keen to compete for a spot in Postecoglou’s team, but if he is not loaned out or sold this summer, he will leave when his contract expires at the conclusion of the 2023-24 season.