The 32-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season and though the clubs mentioned can now make an approach on a free, it is believed that both are prepared to make a move for him now.
Transfermarkt rate him at £16.2m but he could be available for less than that considering the circumstances, particularly how he has performed so far this campaign – achieving an average WhoScored rating of 6.8.
In response to the news some fans have commented on his rapid decline as a player, acknowledging that he has been a top performer for a number of years but is no longer showing the form and quality he once did.
Take him. Great servant of the club for 6+ years. But he is done in PL sadly.
— arunSpurs (@arunspurs) January 1, 2020
Been absolutely fantastic for spurs since he arrived but it’s time for a change.
— Daniel Davies (@dapper_dan83) January 1, 2020
It would be a little sad to see him depart in this manner considering the efforts he has given to the club over the years, but Spurs have conceded 30 league goals this season so there is clearly a need for improvement.
Despite that, Jose Mourinho has suggested that the team doesn’t need any defensive reinforcements, which indicates that he is happy with the players at his disposal – including Vertonghen.
As a result, it may be possible that the centre-back follows the same route as teammate and compatriot Toby Alderweireld, who signed a new deal last month.
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That would likely irritate a lot of fans, as many are keen to see Vertonghen depart after hearing the news that there is interest in him from European clubs.
Get shot of him
— Gary Tutt (@tutt_gary) January 1, 2020
Great news, could get a buy 1 get three for free. Verthongen, Toby, Aurier and Eriksen. A real bargain.
— LAH (@LHolm1973) January 1, 2020
— ian roughton (@ianroughton) January 1, 2020
I’ll get my keys 😂 do they want a few more?
— Jamie (@Chopperelli) January 1, 2020
— Matt Bezant (@Mattbezant) January 1, 2020
Elsewhere, former Spurs striker Peter Crouch has shared his reaction to winning Tottenham’s striker of the decade ahead of Harry Kane.