Tottenham Hotspur face losing three of their most experienced players at the end of the season.
Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen are all out of contract at Spurs next summer and can begin talks with European clubs over a pre-contract deal from January.
Vertonghen refused to be drawn on his contract situation in North London last month with the 32-year-old insisting he still has what it takes to play at the top level for at least another couple of seasons (Independent).
Former Spurs striker Darren Bent has claimed that the Belgian defender could receive an approach from rivals Arsenal over a possible switch to the Emirates (Football Insider).
Bent has suggested that Vertonghen will not be short of offers from prospective clubs if he becomes a free agent and Arsenal have the requirement to bolster their defence.
Vertonghen started the season out of Mauricio Pochettino’s plans but has since come back into the starting eleven.
Bent told Football Insider: “Jan Vertonghen, playing at the centre of the defence, are there too many more that are going to be better than him? If you’re going to take him on a free, Arsenal could do with him.
“If he’s on a free don’t be surprised if they’re in the mix for him as well. I think it’s a situation they need to address but at the same time I wouldn’t want to see these players walk away for nothing. It’s a difficult one, they’re down to a free, they’re obviously not going to sign new contracts so what do you do?”
The thought of Vertonghen moving to the Emirates is unthinkable and would turn him from a future club legend to one of hate overnight.
If the defender is to leave on a free, he should head abroad and potentially back to former club Ajax.
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