According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal have intensified their pursuit of Ajax captain Jan Vertonghen with Premier League rivals Tottenham and Newcastle also holding a firm interest in the centre-back.
The 25-year-old defender is entering into the last year of his contract with Ajax and he has indicated he won’t sign a new deal with the Amsterdam giants. This has prompted moves from Wenger, Redknapp and Pardew to make the established Vertonghen an important asset to their different clubs respectively for as little as £7million.
Vertonghen has established himself as a key player for Ajax where he impressed against Manchester Untied in this seasons Europa League. His performance at Old Trafford particularly shown potential suitors he is more than capable of plying his trade against England’s elite, as the classy centre-back marshalled a young Ajax outfit to an impressive 2-1 victory on the night.
He has been capped 36 times for Belgium striking a solid defensive partnership with Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany, alongside him operating at left back he also finds his good friend – Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen. Wenger is sure to be using this to his advantage in trying to convince Vertonghen to link up with his compatriot at the heart of Arsenal’s defence as he looks to shake up his defensive options.
Pardew has also been a long-term admirer of the Belgian but if Newcastle are unsuccessful in reaching the Champions League it is unlikely he will be a realistic target for the Toon. The same problem applies for Redknapp at Spurs who are also yet to convincingly take a firm hold on a top four spot in the Premier League – signalling it could be advantage Arsenal in the race to sign Vertonghen.