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Habemus Pape: Spurs agree transfer deal with Metz for Pape Matar Sarr

Sarr will spend the coming season back on loan at Metz.

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Big news from transfer guru Fabrizio Romano this morning just dropped regarding Tottenham Hotspur’s summer transfer business, and it’s a here-we-go! Spurs have reportedly reached a full agreement with Metz for the transfer of 18-year old Senegal central midfielder Pape Matar Sarr, with the player returning to Metz on loan for the entirety of the 2021-22 season.

I feel like I’m justified in saying that this feels like a real coup. Sarr is young, but he’s incredibly well regarded for a teenager, and €15m (£12.8m) is a pretty outstanding price for a player of his obvious potential. I get the sense based on his stats and the hype surrounding him that Sarr is a guy who would otherwise end up going to a club like PSG in a few years for big money. Youth development is a crapshoot, but this guy was putting up NUMBERS in Ligue 1 at age 17, that speaks really well of him. I think he could be an absolute star.

Despite potentially losing Tanguy Ndombele and still needing midfield reinforcement this window, I’m also okay with Sarr heading back to Metz on loan. That clearly seemed like a condition of Tottenham getting him for the price that they did, Ligue 1 is still a top flight league, and we know Metz will play him a bunch this season. It should make the transition to the Premier League easier with another year of top flight football under his belt, and it’s better than him sitting on the bench at Spurs or playing Conference League matches.

No official word yet from Spurs, but that’s ok — if Romano says it’s happening, it’s going to happen. And this is an exciting one for the future.