Spurs’ Vertonghen deal on verge of collapse

Tottenham’s efforts to sign Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen have seemingly hit a brick wall, with the deal on the verge of collapsing according to Mirror Football.

The Belgium international centre-half has been the north London side’s number one transfer priority this summer, with a deal thought to be close to completion.

However, a clause in Vertonghen’s contract that states that he is entitled to 15 per cent of the transfer fee, which the Eredivisie champions have refused to honour.

The defender has vocalised his disappointment at the talks breaking down, with Vertonghen now expected to report for pre-season training in Holland.

“As it looks now, I’ll be at Ajax on July 2. I’m hoping for a solution, but I’m not expecting a solution,” he is quoted as saying.

“This is a shame. I thought that it would be sorted out much sooner.

“I have one advantage: Ajax have got a good coach who knows me. I play in a good, stable squad. Let’s become champions with Ajax for the third time in a row,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight