It may be a little late in the day to start thrashing out a deal for Tottenham star Jan Vertonghen, but the Belgium international is undoubtedly the style of centre-back Manchester United should be targeting this deadline day.
Capable of playing at left-back – as he did to great success for his county at the World Cup – or centre-back, Vertonghen would be ideal for the left side of United’s back three, offering the strength and aerial ability of a central defender but also dependable in one-on-one situations out wide.
He’s also a front-footed defender who gained his standing in England by playing out of the back and scoring goals during his first season at White Hart Lane – earning a place in the 2013 PFA Team of the Year – the vitals of which are detailed below:
Thus, he would suit the central berth in a back three perfectly too. Here’s a look at the Spurs star in action:
The former Ajax man – extra brownie points with Louis van Gaal – would vastly improve the quality of Manchester United’s defence.
But Tottenham will be incredibly reluctant to part with their key defender, especially without time to find an adequate replacement, and the north London side would likely command an unprecedented fee.