Jan Vertonghen is apparently attracting much interest from the Premier League with clubs such as Newcastle, Tottenham and Arsenal tracking the 24 year olds progress.
Vertonghen was thought to have been a top January transfer target for both Spurs and Arsenal with the Metro claiming in December Tottenham representatives had begun preliminary talks with Ajax over a transfer whilst also claiming Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was keen to re-unite him with his former team-mate Thomas Vermaelen. They reported at the time the Ajax defender would set clubs back £10 million to gain his signature.
A move in January did not materialise for unknown reasons but the Belgium centre back is still being tracked by the North London clubs along with Newcastle who are the latest club to admit interest.
According to the Daily Mirror Newcastle United had the defender watched during his Europa League appearance at Old Trafford on Thursday night.
Vertonghen is a left-footed centre back who can also play in defensive midfield and is more than adept anywhere on the left hand side. He has been likened to Arsenal’s Vermaelen as he also enjoys joining in attacks from the centre back position.
He has made over 130 appearances for Ajax and was recently made vice-captain after the departure of Luis Suarez. He has also played 35 times for Belgium where he partners Vermaelen.
If a move in the summer can be finalised I can’t help but think Arsenal would be front runners if Arsene Wenger is prepared to splash the cash due to his relationship with Vermaelen. If Arsenal could land his signature I feel he would be a great edition to the Arsenal squad. At 24 he still has developing to do but is not so young the Premier League would shock him too much, he and Vermaelen already have a partnership for their country so aside from the obvious settling in to the Premier League he should just slot straight in alongside his international team-mate.
A move to Tottenham or Newcastle would be equally beneficial to both player and club, however the added settling in of getting to know new team-mates may hamper his development at least in the first season. Tottenham are club on the rise and Newcastle look more than capable of challenging for top 6 on a regular basis providing they keep their star players so any player would surely relish the chance to join either club.
At this moment in time however I have to say Arsenal are surely front runners, but if Arsenal finishes outside the top 4 their North London rivals might just pip them to one of the most sought after signatures of the summer window.
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