Solid defensive force on his way to the Emirates Stadium?
Arsenal ‘open transfer talks with Ajax over £7m Jan Vertonghen deal’
Arsenal are closing in on a deal for Ajax captain Jan Vertonghen, with talks progressing on a £7million deal, according to reports.
The Gunners are eyeing up further reinforcements after completing the £10million signing of Lukas Podolski from Cologne, and 25-year-old Vertonghen is said to fit the bill.
The defender has already told Ajax officials he wants to quit the club this summer, and with just 12 months left on his current deal, manager Frank De Boer is believed to have sanctioned his sale now in order to claim maximum profit.
Chelsea, Tottenham and Newcastle have all made checks on the Belgium international, but it appears Arsenal have made the first move, reportedly opening preliminary negotiations on a £7 million transfer.
Further to this source it’s been speculated on many websites that a deal to sign Jan Vertonghen could be sealed within the next 48 hours. Ajax are said to be ready to consider offers for the Belgian international and now that the Eredivisie title is all but in the bag the Amsterdam side are more amenable to pressing on with a deal that they see as inevitable.
Even boss Frank de Boer has publicly stated that he believes his captain will leave in the summer and Arsene Wenger is seemingly the most likely to snap up the 25 year old, who can play both as centre back and as a defensive midfielder, the type of adaptability that greatly appeals to the Gunners boss.
A move for Vertonghen will help strengthen a back-line that at times earlier in the season looked very shaky. Wenger may now well look to offload the likes of Sebastien Squillaci and is reported by some sources to be considering selling Per Mertesacker who hasn’t exactly covered himself in glory in his first season at the North London club.
Vertonghen has notched up over 200 appearances at Ajax and was previously a central defensive partner for Arsenal man Thomas Vermaelen, who is also a national team compatriot.
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