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Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen could make a shock move to Bayer Leverkusen before the European transfer deadline, per Kicker.
The Belgium international has not played in any of Spurs’ first three games of the season, with manager Mauricio Pochettino instead favouring a partnership of Davinson Sanchez and Toby Alderweireld.
And Kicker now reports that the Bundesliga club have targeted a move for the 32-year-old.
Indeed, Vertonghen is reported to be keen to play first-team football, particularly with Sanchez and Alderweireld seemingly ahead him in the Spurs pecking order.
Chairman Daniel Levy simply cannot sanction this.
The Spurs chairman would be tearing out one of the club’s best players for a quick buck and with absolutely no opportunity to buy a replacement; the English transfer window, after all, is closed.
It would be tantamount to gross negligence, regardless of Vertonghen’s stance on playing regularly.
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Spurs cannot expect Sanchez and Alderweireld to stay fit for the entirety of the campaign and the latter’s compatriot will be needed at some point, even if he isn’t playing regularly.
Selling him now would be madness.