Jan Vertonghen will not leave Tottenham for Ajax this month as his wage demands are too high, according to reports in the Netherlands.
The defender is out of contract at the end of the season and doesn’t appear to be any closer to signing a new deal. He can now speak to foreign clubs about pre-contract terms ahead of a free transfer in the summer.
That might be a realistic option for Ajax, who have apparently tried and failed to lure Vertonghen this month. Dutch outlet De Telegraaf claims Ajax approached the Belgian’s agent but discovered his wage demands are simply too expensive.
What’s more, it is believed Spurs want to recoup the £10 million fee they initially paid to Ajax for Vertonghen when he came to north London in the summer of 2012. It’s said to be a price Ajax are unwilling to pay.
There is still a chance Vertonghen will follow his countryman Toby Alderweireld’s lead by signing a new deal with Tottenham, but at 32 it would not be a surprise to see him move back to Ajax next summer to finish his career in Amsterdam.