According to a report by The Times, Jan Vertonghen’s contract demands are proving too high for Fiorentina.

Vertoghen is said to be attracting a considerable amount of interest from clubs on the continent, which is unsurprising considering how free agents are likely to be in demand during the current financial crisis.

A host of Serie A clubs are said to be battling it out for the centre-back including Roma, Inter Milan (Calcio Mercato), Napoli (Telegraph) and Fiorentina (Firenze Viola).

It was reported by Quotidiano Sportivo (as relayed by Sport Witness) earlier this week that Inter’s interest in Vertonghen was not genuine.

The report claimed that Fiorentina were the front-runners for the Belgian international’s signature and that Inter were making it difficult for La Viola to land the defender as they are unwilling to lower their asking price for Federico Chiesa, who is wanted by Antonio Conte’s side.

However, The Times now claim that despite the fact Vertonghen is said to like the city of Florence, his £3.5 million-a-year salary demands are too high for Fiorentina to meet.

The Serie A side are instead contemplating moving on from their pursuit of the 33-year-old.

The report also adds that Spurs remain confident that the former Ajax man will sign a contract extension until the end of the season.

Spurs Web Opinion

I suspect there will still be a lot of twists and turns in the Vertonghen transfer saga as a lot of clubs will likely be keen on signing him on a free transfer. The only thing that seems to be certain at this point is the fact that he will not be at Tottenham next season.

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