Jan Vertonghen

Jan Vertonghen

Along with a new left-back, Manchester United need to find a new central defender ahead of next season with Nemanja Vidic already announcing his intentions to join Inter Milan and Rio Ferdinand also in line for a bosman departure.

According to recent speculation, that could come in the form of Tottenham centre-back Jan Vertonghen. The Belgium international has been linked with an Old Trafford switch since the January window and being one of the most successful products of the Ajax academy in recent years, you’d imagine he has a fan in former Amsterdam Arena boss Louis van Gaal too.

Indeed, that total football legacy has left the 27 year-old a very complete player with an impressive all-round game, boasting exceptional quality on the ball and unusual pace for a Premier League centre-half.

The Red Devils backline has lacked that front-footed presence ever since Ferdinand’s pace begun to evaporate a few seasons ago, and although United have been linked with several talented centre-backs throughout the continent ahead of the summer window, Vertonghen offers unique Premier League experience with two campaigns under his belt at White Hart Lane.

Admittedly, the Belgium international has been found wanting on several occasions this term amid Spurs’ lukewarm form. But that ball-playing nature makes Vertonghen one of the Premiership’s most impressive defenders when in top form.

However, Lilywhites chairman Daniel Levy is famed for his reluctance to sell to fellow Premier League sides and could resultantly command a hefty fee for his star defender’s services, whilst interest from Manchester City – viewing Vertonghen as the ideal partner for countryman Vincent Kompany – could further complicate the situation.