Arsenal face a fight to sign Ajax captain and Belgium international Jan Vertonghen after the
It was thought that Arsenal were in pole position to bring Vertonghen to the Premier League but Spurs may have stolen a march on their near-neighbours. With Vertonghen entering the final year of his contract this summer the defender’s price tag is likely to be lower than it would ordinarily be, sparking a struggle between Arsenal and Spurs and perhaps other Premier League clubs, as Newcastle United have also been linked with the 25-year-old, as have Chelsea.
Vertonghen is an international teammate of Thomas Vermaelen, as well as formerly being a club-mate of the current Arsenal defender who played for Ajax until 2009. Vertonghen made his Ajax debut in 2006, by which point Vermaelen was already established in the side.
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