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Barcelona Eye Move For Versatile Tottenham Defender

Belgian stopper is among Barca targets as La Liga giants look to strengthen their backline.

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Barcelona have reignited their interest in Tottenham Hotspur and Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen, according to talkSPORT.

The Catalan side are in the middle of a summer of heavy change, having just ended a season without a single trophy for the first time in six years.

Barca are keen to sign a new left-back and a centre-half, with Valencia’s Jeremy Mathieu and Paris Saint-Germain’s Marquinhos their respective defensive targets.

However, their attempts to sign both players have stalled in recent days, leading them to consider a move for Vertonghen, who they have tracked since he was at Ajax.

Vertonghen, 27, prefers to operate in the centre of defence, but he is very comfortable in possession and capable of playing as a full-back.

He was used as a left-back by Belgium at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, where Marc Wilmots’ men reached the quarter-finals, conceding just three goals in their five matches, one of which went to extra-time.

Vertonghen has two years left to run on his current contract at White Hart Lane.

Since joining Spurs in July 2012, Vertonghen has made 82 first-team appearances, 79 of which have come as a member of the starting XI.

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