The Telegraph have claimed that Manchester City have emerged as potential suitors for Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen – with the Belgian expected to leave Spurs on a free transfer at the end of the season.
Vertonghen, 33, had agreed to remain at Tottenham until the end of the season but it looks unlikely he will be offered an extension at Spurs. Clubs from Italy and Spain are circling, while a return to Ajax has also been touted.
However, now Manchester City have supposedly joined Sevilla, Real Betis, Roma and Inter Milan in making a move for the experienced Belgium international – who has started just on match since the restart.
Available on a free, Pep Guardiola is keen to bring in an experienced defender to replace Vincent Kompany – while Vertonghen also offers cover on the left side of the defence. Kalidou Koulibaly and Ben Chilwell are also options.
TBR’s view – Great move for Vertonghen, but a Spurs mistake?
If Vertonghen was offered the chance to remain at Tottenham, he would surely sign a new deal. A loyal part of the side, Vertonghen offers versatility, experience and leadership. But Spurs are seemingly ready to see him leave.
Surely Manchester City’s interest and potential move to land the Belgian is proof that Spurs would be making a mistake in getting rid of the Belgian? The mistake would be even greater if Spurs do not have a replacement lined up.