Contract row threatens Vertonghen’s Tottenham move

A dispute between Jan Vertonghen and his current club Ajax could see the collapse of the centre-back’s move to Tottenham Hotspur, the Daily Mirror has reported.

The two clubs had agreed a fee of around £10m for the Belgium international, with the move still set to go ahead despite the vacancy in the Tottenham dugout following the sacking of Harry Redknapp. But a clause in Vertonghen’s Ajax contract says he is entitled to 15% of the fee when he leaves Amsterdam, a stipulation Ajax are now said to be unwilling to meet.

The player himself has admitted he looks likely to be an Ajax player when pre-season training begins in July. However, the Mirror adds that Spurs officials are trying to prevent the breakdown of the transfer.

Vertonghen, 25, was named Ajax captain last summer when goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg left for Roma, having previously been appointed the club’s vice-captain in January 2011 when Luis Suarez was sold to Liverpool.

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