Report: Two new suitors emerge in race for Tottenham defender

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Dom Le Roy

Serie A rivals, Napoli and Roma, have both entered the race to sign Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen, according to reports from Italy.

Football Insider revealed last week that Spurs were preparing to start next season without Vertonghen after he rejected the club’s latest offer.

The Belgian international is said to want a two-year deal, while Spurs only offered him a one-year extension on reduced terms.

Inter Milan are reportedly leading the race for Vertonghen’s signature this summer (Gazzetta dello Sport via Sport Witness).

However, Gazzetta Dello Sport now reports (as translated by TEAMtalk) that Roma and Napoli could both challenge Antonio Conte’s side for the Spurs star.

The report claims that Roma are unsure as to whether they can wrap up a permanent deal for Chris Smalling this summer while Napoli could end up losing Kalidou Koulibaly.

It is asserted that both clubs view Vertonghen as a cost-effective replacement, although Inter are still said to be leading the race for the 32-year-old.

Spurs Web Opinion

Free agents are going to be more sought after this summer than any previous transfer window as many clubs across Europe are facing a financial crunch due to the coronavirus shutdown. I certainly also wouldn’t rule out the possibility of Tottenham changing their mind and offering the Belgian a two-year deal in case they cannot get the targets that Jose Mourinho wants.

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