One of the players Newcastle will bring in over the summer is a top center-back.
Jan Vertonghen – will be sold in the summer
The work going on now to bring in Adrian Mariappa is as cover in case one of out two center-backs are injured through the end of the season, because we’ve already proved this season we have very little cover at the club at the moment.
One of the players Newcastle have been interested in is 24 year-old Jan Vertonghen of Ajax, although the £10M fee that was mentioned a little high.
Jan has only 18 months left on his contract, and the Ajax manager Frank de Boer – one of the great de Boer brothers (Ronald was the other) has said today that they will need to sell him in the summer if he doesn’t sign a new deal.
But the fee will not be £10M with only one year left on his contract, but it seems that Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United may also be interested in the 6’3″ Belgium International.
This is what Frank told Eredivisie Live:
“We know that his contract expires in 2013,” “So it’s either renew or relocate to a good foreign club, where Ajax would also benefit from a transfer fee.”
“We already told Jan last year in Turkey that we are keen to hold on to him. We will open talks early in March to discuss a new deal.”
Vertonghen joined Ajax back in 2003 as a 16 year-old and he a left-footed player who usually plays at center back, but can also play anywhere on the left side or even in defensive midfield.
The Sint-Niklaas, Belgium born player has played 201 times for Ajax with 23 goals, and he also played 20 times for Eredivise club RKC Waalwijk in 2006-1007 with 3 goals.
Jan has played 35 times for Belgium with 2 goals and played 23 times for the Belgium U21 suide.
He would be a good buy for Newcatsle but the fee may be raised if indeed some other top clubs are interested in the ald.