With Arsenal’s suicidal defending last night against a completely rejuvenated Wigan side, Arsene Wenger will no doubt be looking to strengthen his defense this summer.
Jan Vertonghen – Newcastle and Arsenal target?
The big German £10M buy from Werder Bremen has been a flop, and he doesn’t seem to have the pace for the Premier League, and it would seem that Arsenal’s number one target is Ajax defender Jan
That’s the player Alan Pardew was watching over the weekend, and on reflection e cannot rule out that Newcastle could steal a march on Vertonghen – if the Magpies really think he is the right player for them.
Last summer Newcastle were the first club to move for Arsenal target Gervinho, but pulled out of the £10M deal that had been agreed with his Lille club, after there were some doubts about the Ivorian’s character, and so far he’s hardly been a roaring success at the Emirates.
And Jan has said he will be moving in the summer, but only to the right club, and while he says that Arsenal are one of those clubs, with Newcastle qualifying for Europe, the Magpies could be a strong candidate to bring the center-back to Tyneside.
Vertonghen turns 25 next month, and is a good technical ball-playing central defender, who can also play in other positions, so his flexibility could be a plus for the Magpies.
The Belgium International is friends with Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen, so that could be a positive for Arsenal, but Newcastle are an attractive club these days, and obviously on their way back to the big time, with the Europa League almost a cast iron certainty for next season.
Ajax manager Frank de Boer has already said his player will be leaving in the summer:
“Yes we’ve already discussed it,”“When there’s a club that he’s already interested in – and it’s really got to be a good club – then he will leave. It’s 100 per cent sure.”
“I think he’s ready to make a next step. For us, it’s a setback, of course, to miss that kind of quality player.”
Arsenal are a good club, but so are Newcastle these days, and have had excellent publicity around Europe for doing so well in the Premier League this season.
And even top four is still a possibility for Newcastle, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham also in the hunt for 3rd and 4th places behind the two Manchester clubs.
While Arsenal have to be the favorites to sign the 6’2″ defender, Newcastle’s new drawing power cannot be ruled out these days.
What do you think?