Who is Pape Matar Sarr? Ligue 1 wonderkid ‘set to join Tottenham’


ottenham are reportedly closing in on one of Europe’s hottest properties with a £13million deal for Metz teenager Pape Matar Sarr.

The 18-year-old has been linked with Chelsea, Manchester United and Man City but it appears Spurs have stolen a march, according to multiple reports in France.

Who is Pape Matar Sarr?

Sarr has been Metz for less than a year, having been signed on a five-year deal from feeder club Generation Foot in September 2020.

Initially a reserve team player, a strong first impression on his debut saw him quickly promoted to the first team where he went on to make 25 appearances and scored four goals last season, aged just 18 years old.

As Eduardo Camavinga rightly garnered rave reviews at Rennes, it was fellow teenager Sarr who has also been growing his reputation in Ligue 1.

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Where does Sarr play?

Sarr can play across midfield, but is more in the box-to-box mould – standing at six foot tall, tough in the tackle but also with an eye for goal.

Coach Olivier Perrin, who has spent time with both Generation Foot and Metz, said on Sarr: “In Senegal, at the age of 15 and a half, he played his first match … I immediately said to myself that he was a top player, with a very high-level [of] reading and analysing the game.

“He is [like] Miralem Pjanic.

“He can play in a system with two number 10s, he can be middle and box to box, he can be a 10, a six, it depends on the coaches.”

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Is the deal close?

Sarr has been heavily linked with moves to Chelse and both City and United during the transfer window, but it is Spurs who have this week been most heavily linked.

Calciomercato reported that Spurs were “very interested” in Sarr and RMC Sport so added that a deal to sign the teenage wonderkid was “almost complete” in a deal worth up to €15m.

The Athletic add that Spurs are in pole position to secure a deal, while Sky Sports go one more and report that a six-year deal has been agreed, with the player returning to Metz on loan for the season.

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