The threat of losing star man Jan Vertonghen has sent the gossip columns into overdrive, with sites up and down the country trawling for possible replacements for the apparently soon to depart Belgian. Valencia’s 30 year old French centre half Mathieu is a decent continental defender who has been key to Valencia’s side down the years. His release clause is believed to be as high as £17m, and with little chance of resale value, this deal could be beyond Daniel Levy. Mathieu is also unlikely to improve much upon the likes of Chiriches and Kaboul and given how many top level centre halves there are you would imagine Spurs will try a little harder here.


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