Tottenham have agreed a fee with Metz to sign Pape Sarr and will hold talks with the midfielder this week, according to the Ligue 1 club’s president Bernard Serin.
And now, Metz’s president has confirmed he has a “verbal agreement” with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.
Serin says the deal is worth at least €15 million, though he has also revealed personal terms are yet to be agreed, and he confirmed Sarr will return to Metz on loan.
“Nothing is signed, but I have a verbal agreement with the president of Tottenham”, Serin told Amazon (via the London Evening Standard).
“It is much more [than €15m], both on the fixed amount and the bonuses. Pape Matar must also be satisfied with the contract offered to him and this is not yet the case.
“There will be more discussions at the start of the week.
“If the transfer is to Tottenham, he will be loaned to FC Metz [for the season].”
Sarr, who turns 19 next month, scored three goals in 22 Ligue 1 appearances last season. That’s impressive for a midfielder so young, but he may need to gain more experience in the French top-flight, so a loan would make sense.
If the likes of Tanguy Ndombele and Harry Winks stick around, Sarr would probably find it hard to break into the first team this season – with that in mind, staying at Metz for another year suits all parties.