Arsenal closing in on Vertonghen deal

Ajax captain Jan Vertonghen could seal a move to Arsenal this summer, as the Gunners pinch the Belgian international from the attention of their North London enemies Tottenham, The Mirror reports.

Fellow Premier League side Newcastle are also interested in the 24 year old, who has confirmed he will not sign a new deal with the Dutch side. Vertonghen is valued at £10m, but the Mirror report reveals Vertonghen made a secret trip to London on Tuesday to watch Arsenal’s 3-0 win over AC Milan in the Champions League.

Gunners defender Thomas Vermaelen is an international team-mate of Vertonghen, which could convince the Ajax centre-back of a move to the Premier League. Vertonghen has just one year left on his contract in Amsterdam and has made it clear to Ajax officials that he won’t sign a new deal. The 24 year old’s versatility will attract Wenger and the move should be made in the summer, which will spark a summer of redevelopment at the Emirates Stadium. Wenger is looking towards Germany in an attempt to sign Lukas Podolski from Cologne and Mario Gotze from Borussia Dortmund.

Vertonghen said: “I am still under contract until June 2012, but I do not intend to extend it. I hope to continue my career at a good Premier League club where I can stay for many seasons.”

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