Manchester City have reportedly entered the race to sign Jan Vertonghen from Tottenham Hotspur this summer on a free transfer, with the Belgian set to leave – but could such a move hand Arsenal a big transfer boost?
Vertonghen, 33, is out of contract at the end of the season and it seems more than unlikely that the 118-time Belgium international will leave Spurs for nothing in the coming months. Manchester City could be his next venture.
That is because The Telegraph have claimed Manchester City have joined five other clubs in the race to land Vertonghen. Former side Ajax, Real Betis, Sevilla, Inter Milan and Roma are also interested.
But it is believed that Vertonghen will prefer to stay in England, with City keen to lure Vertonghen to The Etihad as a short-term replacement for Vincent Kompany. But could a move to Manchester City help Spurs’ rivals Arsenal?
The Gunners, as per The Sun, are keen on luring Manchester City’s John Stones to the Emirates this summer. England cap Stones has dropped down the pecking order at City, and is likely to leave in the coming months.
Arsenal are in desperate need for central defenders to finally shore up their backline. David Luiz, Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi have all been heavily criticised, while Calum Chambers and Rob Holding have endured injuries.
Stones, a £47.5million (BBC) signing from Everton in 2016, has been eyed as one of a number of defenders to on Arsenal’s shortlist. City may only sell until a replacement is brought in, given a lack of options at centre-back.
Vertonghen would add cover for Manchester City at centre-back, and could act as a replacement for Stones. Surely then, Arsenal would be handed a boost in pursuit of Stones – if Vertonghen chooses Manchester City?