Tottenham Hotspur are resigned to losing Jan Vertonghen on a free transfer in the summer after clubs failed to meet their valuation of the defender in January, according to a report in Football Insider.
The Belgian international’s contract with the Lilywhites runs out in the summer and he hasn’t been able to agree on a new deal with the club so far.
The experienced centre-half has lost his regular starting spot this season and his future has been subject to much speculation, being linked with a move to Inter Milan (Standard) as well as return to Ajax (De Telegraaf) in the summer.
Football Insider now claims that both those clubs were interested in buying the 32-year-old in January, with Spurs also being open to letting him leave.
However, the club demanded £12 million for the defender’s signature, which neither Inter nor Ajax were prepared to pay in January.
It is asserted that the Spurs will now allow Vertonghen to leave North London on a free transfer when his contract runs out.
Spurs Web Opinion
With footballing action unlikely to return at least for a few more months, I believe Vertonghen has probably already played his last game in a Spurs shirt. It is a shame that we never got a chance to give him the farewell he deserves as the Belgian has undoubtedly been one of our best defenders in the Premier League era.
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