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Report: Antonio Conte wants to sign out-of-contract Tottenham man

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Report: Antonio Conte wants to sign out-of-contract Tottenham man

Italian outlet Sky Italia have claimed that Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen is a target for Inter Milan as Antonio Conte looks to bring in a central defender – but is prepared to wait until the summer.

Vertonghen, 32, is one of the three out-of-contract players in Mauricio Pochettino’s squad, along with Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld. The Belgian defender has been rotated this season, rather than being a crucial member of the side.

Since joining Spurs in the summer of 2012 for £9.5million (Guardian), Vertonghen has clocked up an enormous 294 appearances in all competitions. However, this time around, he has played just nine of Spurs’ 14 outings.

 

Indeed, Vertonghen was left on the bench by Pochettino on Sunday afternoon against Liverpool.

The report claims Conte wants Vertonghen, but is focusing on improving his midfield in January and is more than willing to wait until the summer to land the former Ajax captain on a free transfer.

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TBR’s view – Italian football would suit the ageing Vertonghen

Lacking in pace, Vertonghen is already losing a yard of speed and his decreased form this season – along with Alderweireld’s – is proof of that. The Premier League is becoming too quick for the centre-back.

Indeed, the slower speed of the Serie A would suit Vertonghen’s style of play. The left-footed centre-back would be an excellent signing for Conte’s side, but it must be said that it would also give Vertonghen many more years in his career.

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