Spurs must keep Vertonghen this summer

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Why Spurs can’t afford to lose this star to La Liga

Date: 21st July 2014 at 6:32pm
Written by Thomas Hallett

Barcelona have done what Barcelona do best: they’ve splashed out in extravagant fashion on another forward, bordering on a backhand to those who continue to trumpet the need for defensive reinforcements. It’s the second successive summer in which it has happened (and yes, this summer's transfer period is far from over). Last summer, the struggles at the back had hit fever pitch. Bayern Munich had annihilated Barca in the semi-final of the Champions League to the tune of 7-0 over two legs. Carles Puyol’s inability to involve himself adequately throughout the season was becoming more pronounced, while his absence alongside Gerard Pique was clearly having an effect on the consistency of the former Manchester United defender. And once again, Javier Mascherano isn’t a centre-back, nor is Adriano, who was forced into that role on more than one occasion. Over two summers Barcelona have spent close to £150 million on Neymar and Luis Suarez, and that figure may be higher – it probably is in fairness, due ... Read More


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