Vertonghen – Arsenal Still A Possibility

By on May 25, 2012
Jan-Vertonghen

Vertonghen admits Spurs doubts

Ajax captain Jan Vertonghen has admitted a move to Arsenal remains a possibility, but only if his move to Tottenham falls through, according to Sky Sports News.

Vertonghen has enjoyed an excellent season in Holland, winning the Eredivisie title and being named as the leagues Player of the Year. However, with just over a year to run on his contract, he has made it clear he won’t be signing an extension and Ajax are willing to cash in now to avoid losing their captain for nothing next summer.

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Both Arsenal and Tottenham are vying for his signature and the Belgian stopper has confirmed Spurs are his preferred destination after being shown around the clubs facilities and meeting with chairmen Daniel Levy in Amsterdam earlier this week.

Vertonghen is keen for the two clubs to agree a deal but claims that Ajax are demanding €15million (£12.5m), which may be difficult for Tottenham to match after missing out on champions league football next term.

The 25-year-old is willing to run down the final year of his contract but admits that Tottenham’s rivals Arsenal are still in the hunt for his services and they remain a possibility if a move to White Hart Lane can’t be agreed.

“I’ve said repeatedly that Tottenham are my first choice, but the talks haven’t progressed,”

“They have shown me around, I have met all their key people and their chairman came to meet me on Monday.

“But Arsenal want me too. They remain a possibility if my Spurs move falls through, as Ajax are asking €15m for me. That is a lot of money for someone with just a year left on his contract.

“I’m sure Spurs won’t be able to pay that much after they missed out on the Champions League.

“Ajax want to get as much as they can for me, while Spurs want to pay as little as possible.

“I hope a deal can be done. But I won’t fight with Ajax, that is the last thing I’d want after so many good years with them.

“England is my preferred destination. But if needed I will see out my contract and leave on a free transfer next year.”

 The centre-back is quoted as saying by Sky Sports News.

So Tottenham remain the players first choice, but there is still hope for Arsenal. Where do you think Vertonghen will be playing next season? Get involved in the comments section.

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17 Comments

  1. Fabrice

    May 25, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Im really crossing my fingers for Arsenal, he will add depth in the squad, much needed since he is pure quality, I know we might not need him in some sense but heck thats what you call a top team, having many quality players fighting for a starting spot. Im sure he would be of use, COME ON ARSENAL!

  2. mystic

    May 25, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Don’t want him – the scum are his 1st choice and Arsenal should never be prepared to pick up the scraps left behind.

  3. Pranam

    May 25, 2012 at 10:02 am

    I wish he joins Tottenham linking with Kaboul… never had such good centre halfs we need him, However there is a slight pessimism from my side because the club has been known to let good transfers go due to transfer fees being “too high” – I mean he is 25 years old he is probably another thomas vermaelan how good would having him would have been great we now have another chance c’mon dan don’t let him go I have faith COYS

  4. Boomer

    May 25, 2012 at 10:03 am

    @Mystic
    We were van nistelrooy’s first choice, didn’t stop the red scum signing him…look how that turned out. Vertonghen would be a superb signing!

  5. Boomer

    May 25, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Mystic
    We were van nistelrooy’s first choice, didn’t stop the red scum signing him…look how that turned out. Vertonghen would be a superb signing!

  6. Wheresmyarsenalgone

    May 25, 2012 at 10:06 am

    We should nick him off spurs to strengthen our back lines, AW started buying well with pod but seems to have slowed down. Let’s get players in now befor euros!!!! Spend money on players to show everyone especially nasri that top is our plan. Our name belongs back on that trophie and show city it doesn’t take a billion pound to win something!!!!!! COME ON YOU RIP ROARING REDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. mystic

    May 25, 2012 at 10:44 am

    @ Boomer – the mancs aren’t the scum. There is 100% difference.

    Vertonghen wants to join the scum for regular football, that suggest that his ambition is in question. Rather than compete for a position he wants to walk in to a team. Arsenal need a squad fighter at CB (and elsewhere), not someone simply seeking a guaranteed start.

  8. philip

    May 25, 2012 at 10:49 am

    He is good but he seems to be overate himself. Let’s just assume Arsenal decide on someone better than him. Who would be his 3rd choice? He might even have to settle for his 4th choice !!!

  9. mystic

    May 25, 2012 at 10:51 am

    @Boomer, van Nistelrooy had agreed to join Utd in 2000, but an injury held up the move to 2001. Do I assume in 2000 you would have preferred to buy van Nistelrooy to Pires?

  10. Ernest

    May 25, 2012 at 11:59 am

    We fans assume too much. How much of the board room politics are we aware of? Do we know the level of peace (if any) that exist btw AW and the board? Let’s hope that common football sense and not business consideration alone will come into play at the end of the transfer window.

  11. Lilywhitw London

    May 25, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Fight for his place Mystic?? I would suggest he would walk straight into the Goon-show’s back 4 without any problems at all judging by the way they defended this season!! His ambitions? Maybe he thinks a team that were only denied C.League footy by bad luck as still a better team than the Goon-show who finished 1 solitary point above Spurs, despite having Van Persie’s amazing form… He must feel Spurs are going in the right direction and Arsenal are merely clinging on their league status more and more each year.. The longer Wenger stays, the better for me!!

    • Charsenal

      May 25, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      What’s that? I can’t hear you while I’m swimming in Champions League money.

    • Charsenal

      May 25, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      Oi, and we finished 3rd this season, having finished 4th the previous term. Methinks that represents an improvement in position.

  12. Kevin Milenkovich

    May 25, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    This guys seems to be a bit precious and too self assured.

    I don’t really want a player at Arsenal whose first preference is to play with Tottenham.

  13. Arsenal1Again

    May 25, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    lol, this whole post is paraphrasing. The author is rewriting what he thinks the player is sayingm but in gis own words, much of it being what he wants them to mean. The article is close but there are misleading things that are manupulating fans here.

  14. Peter

    May 25, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Cant play for Arsenal if you like Spurs
    ?????????
    No No No

  15. Eleru-mooke

    May 31, 2012 at 9:04 am

    He is good for arsenal, He is like Thomas Vermaelen

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