The name of Jan Vertonghen has appeared a fair amount in these pages and one thing that did seem fairly certain is that the Ajax skipper was likely to be leaving his club at the end of the current season.
There had always been other clubs linked with the Belgian international however and earlier this week, the suggestion was that Arsenal were ready to make a move. Part of the lure allegedly was the presence of compatriot Vermaelen in the club’s ranks.
The Daily Mail seem to have broken this story but while its headline suggest that talks have been opened, there’s nothing in the body of the piece to back this up. However, it does state that Vertonghen is now entering the last year of his contract and in a similar way to which Gary Cahill’s fee was reduced as a result of being in a similar position, it’s thought that as little as £7 million is needed to secure the Belgian’s signature.