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Tottenham confirm signing of Pape Matar Sarr

By Sean Walsh
Sarr has joined Spurs
Sarr has joined Spurs / FRED TANNEAU/Getty Images

Tottenham have confirmed the signing of midfielder Pape Matar Sarr from Metz.

The 18-year-old will return to the French club for the 2021/22 season.

Sarr is a Senegal international and has already been capped twice at senior level. He has played 28 times for Metz's first team since making his debut in November 2020.

He most recently grabbed an assist in their 1-1 draw with Stade Reims at the weekend.

Sarr had been pursued by a number of Premier League clubs, with Man Utd, Man City and Chelsea all linked with him this transfer window. But he has decided to sign for Spurs, joining for a fee believed to be in the region of €15m.

Metz were initially reluctant to sell Sarr this summer and were initially going to demand a huge fee for his services, but after a meeting with the DNCG (the organisation responsible for monitoring the finances of French clubs), the club realised that they needed to make an urgent sale.

A versatile player, Sarr spent most of last season operating at the base of Metz's midfield but spent time in both central and advanced roles over the course of the campaign.

Sarr becomes Spurs' fourth signing of the summer. Cristian Romero and Pierluigi Gollini have joined from Atalanta on initial loan deals, while Bryan Gil was brought in from Sevilla for £21.6m plus Erik Lamela.

Tottenham have been in advanced talks with Barcelona midfielder Ilaix Moriba this week, while Moussa Sissoko is set to join Watford after five years at the club.