January 18, 2024

Before joining Galatasaray in the Premier League, former Tottenham Hotspur player Davinson Sanchez had a transfer to Russian powerhouse Spartak Moscow “fall through” in the summer.


Oleg Malyshev, the sporting director of Spartak Moscow, asserts this, thinking back to the summer of 2023 and a contract that, although progressing to a certain point, ultimately fell through.


In July, Tottenham Hotspur had agreed to accept a £13 million offer for Davinson Sanchez from Spartak.


A few months later, the Colombian international signed a contract with Galatasaray; nonetheless, Spartak lost out to the Super Lig contenders.


MKE Ankaragucu vs. Galatasaray – Turkish Super League


Davinson Sanchez was almost traded by Tottenham to Russia.

“External factors are important,” Malyshev tells RBC. We had several intriguing choices to bolster (our roster) in the summer, but they fell through because the football player or the team selling him refused to sign a contract with the Russian team.


“A lot of work had gone into acquiring Tottenham’s Davinson Sanchez as a defender. Even though he was prepared to depart, the agreement fell through.


“The athlete was prepared to visit us.”


Well, he was at first.


At the time, Sanchez’s agent Fernando Villarreal asserted that the former Ajax stopper had a pretty dramatic about-face about a possible trade to Russia, ultimately’refusing’ Spartak’s offers for private motives.


Villarreal stated, “His social life was the main reason.” “And, generally speaking, his son’s and wife’s lives and prospects.”


In early September, Sanchez ultimately moved from Tottenham to Istanbul. Galatasaray paid a price that was nearly the same as what Spartak was willing to give up. With the departure of Eric Dier, Clement Lenglet, and him, the Spurs backline underwent a much-needed rebuild, with the arrival of Radu Dragusin and Micky van de Ven following Ange Postecoglou’s appointment.

Now with Galatasaray, the former Ajax player

Sanchez, who represented Ajax in the Europa League final in 2017, also had the opportunity to play for PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands. On this particular occasion, though, the club canceled talks rather than the player.


Armel Bella-Kotchap ultimately arrived from Southampton, according to Marcel Brands, general director of PSV, who told Voetbal International that Sanchez was the only one who gave us the impression that he didn’t really want to go.


It looked doable in terms of his pay. However, every other player we spoke with expressed their want to attend PSV very shortly.


With Sanchez, things were not the same. We therefore made the decision to lend Armel Bella-Kotchap instead of carrying on with that.

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