Report: Jan Vertonghen set for medical ahead of three-year deal

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Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen is set to undergo a medical with Benfica.

Belgian news outlet HLN have revealed that the 33-year-old will sign a three-year contract with the Portuguese giants after his contract with Spurs expired last month.

Vertonghen joined Spurs in 2012 from Ajax and has been a rock at the back over the past eight years, forming a solid partnership with his compatriot Toby Alderweireld until last season when he struggled for regular game time.

The defender revealed in an interview with talkSPORT last month that he had not ruled out the possibility of remaining in England.

Manchester City were linked with a move for Vertonghen to play on the left side of Pep Guardiola’s defence as a short term solution (Telegraph), but they instead went for Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake, 25 in a £40million move (Manchester Evening News).

Italian news outlet Il Messaggero claimed that Roma could make a move for Vertonghen after struggling to agree a deal with Manchester United for Chris Smalling, however, it appears that the former Spurs man is now on his way to Portugal to seek a new challenge and the prospect of learning a new language.

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