Manchester City plotting shock move for Spurs defender – report

Manchester City plotting shock move for Spurs defender – report

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Manchester City are interested in making a surprise swoop to sign Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen this summer, according to the Telegraph.

The 33-year-old, who only extended his Spurs contract last month to ensure he could play in Tottenham’s final nine Premier League matches, hasn’t yet been offered a new deal by the north London outfit and will be available on a free-transfer once the season finishes.

Vertonghen has been linked with a host of European clubs including the likes of Sevilla, Inter Milan and Roma in recent months, whilst a return to Ajax has also been touted.

However, according to the Telegraph’s report, Pep Guardiola is an admirer of the Belgium defender and sees him as a potential short-term fix – with Man City in desperate need of a centre-back having not replaced ex-club captain Vincent Kompany, who left last season.

Vertonghen has started just once since the restart, last Thursday’s goalless draw at Bournemouth, and has dropped down the pecking order at Tottenham – with Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez preferred to the veteran defender in recent matches.

Jose Mourinho has always spoken highly of Vertonghen and would undoubtedly be keen on keeping the centre-back despite his lack of game time, although with no fresh offer on the table, Spurs are at risk of losing him when his short-term contract expires later this month.

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