Vertonghen Deal Breaks Down – Newcastle Back In The Picture?

It seemed that it was just a formality that Tottenham would sign Ajax center-back Jan Vertonghen this summer.

Jan Vertonghen – Tottenham move has broken down

Jan had come out and said that Tottenham was his preferred  destination, and even though Newcastle had the Belgium International somewhere near the top of the transfer list,  it looked like we had no chance.

But in the last few days there is news that it looks like the Spurs deal will not go through after all, as a clause in Jan’s contract says he must receive 15% of the transfer fee of about £9M, which is  £1.35M, good money if you can get it.

Ajax have said they are not willing to honor the clause, but if that’s the case, why did they allow it in the contract in the first place?

Jan has been talking to the press yesterday, and he’s a bit upset, but says he will probably now stay at Ajax next season, and he will become a free agent next summer:

“This is a shame. I thought that it would be sorted out much sooner.” “As it looks now, I’ll be at Ajax on July 2. I’m hoping for a solution, but I’m not expecting a solution.”

“I have one advantage: Ajax have got a good coach who knows me. I play in a good, stable squad. Let’s become champions with Ajax for the third time in a row.”

“I’m shocked about the leak. The percentage is correct – it’s unbelievable. I know that at Ajax a lot of things are leaking.” “When you hear it about other football players, you don’t feel it. It’s different when it’s about yourself.”

The obvious question now is does this put Newcastle back into the play for Newcastle?

Probably not, and he could still sign for Spurs we suppose, but next summer he will become a free agent, and we suppose then Newcastle could be in with a chance to sign the center-back at that time, depending on what Newcastle’s situation is,  and how our defense performs next season.

If we’re in the Champions League we could entice him to Tyneside, but it seems we are still not in the picture for Jan Vertonghen.

And it seems that Tottenham will announce that former Chelsea and Porto manager Andrea Villas-Boas next week will become their new boss, and it seems a bit of a strange choice.

Spurs have gone from Harry Redknapp, who is 65 – to the youngest manager in the Premier League, is they appoint the 34 year-old – which seems certain now.

Well they said they wanted to concentrate more on youth, and we also have a feeling that the Jan Vertonghen is not yet finished this summer.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Cool Hand Luke

    Jun 28, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Why not just pay him the 15% as a signing on fee and pay ajax for the transfer?

  • davybtoon

    Jun 28, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #2

    So the journal claims are summer is all about getting de Jong Anita debuchy n Curtis good

  • toonincheek

    Jun 28, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #3

    No way.
    If Spuds found a problem with his fee/percentage/wages,
    then we would – even more so.
    Plus – he said Spuds were hsi desired destination.
    Not us.
    That’s enough for me.

    No criticism of him as a player – just not for us.

  • Sheikh MagToon

    Jun 28, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #4

    One thing nobody has mentioned is that Hollande’s decision in France to increase the top tax rate to 75% has halved the net income of the top players at a stroke, so either they will want double the gross pay or will want to move. In reality, latter is only option so there will be loads of desperate players who need to move, and clubs may get reasonable money for first to leave, but not late in transfer window. Expect to see Carr in Charles de gaulle regularly!

  • Jackson1989

    Jun 28, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #5

    only want us to spend money on 3 players dejong debuchy and anita, and get douglas ona free

  • Cool Hand Luke

    Jun 28, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #6

    75% tax rate in France???? Thats ridiculous! As you say it could play into our hands though.

  • rich_toonfan

    Jun 28, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #7

    I he didn’t expect to get that 15% this summer he would just waiver it.

    If he moves now and says he doesn’t want that 15% he is in the same position as next summer as he would get nothing as 15% of a free transfer is £0.

    He is obviously expecting spurs or another team to come in and agree to paying him that money.

  • TorqToon

    Jun 28, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #8

    Spuds is his desired club…therefore no thank you! We only want players who WANT to be here! Remember Owen stated that Liverpool was his first choice but as they never made their move…he ende up with us. Once bitten – twice shy!

  • ~Perchinho the Pheonix~

    Jun 28, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #9

    Douglas would cost us 5 mill. Even though he is out of contract, his club has the option of extending it for a year, or something along the lines of that. But he definetly isn’t free.

  • rich_toonfan

    Jun 28, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #10

    It depends how the tax rate is enforced.

    Does it apply to all professions as that’s not always the case.

    And are there any loopholes for footballers to exploit? Have to see how it pans out the next couple months.

    Hopefully it will help us but it could destroy French football. Would leave psg as the only club that could offer huge wages.

  • Cool Hand Luke

    Jun 28, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #11

    He could negotiate a similar amount as a signing on fee though, much the same as ba would have made a cool mil or so when we got him on a free.

  • rich_toonfan

    Jun 28, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #12


    Marvoux wante to go to Liverpool to, he only came up to us as he failed a medical there.

    It depends on the attitude of the player. If vertongen wanted spurs but was the kind of guy who was happy to play for us still and give his all that’s enough for me.

  • rich_toonfan

    Jun 28, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #13


    True, good chance he is holding out for that.

    I think he is too pricey for us anyway.

  • Spoof

    Jun 28, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #14

    How can Ajax refuse to honour the clause, if its written into his contract I thought it would be legally binding, it sounds to me as if Vertonghen could be bluffing Ajax, they either accept a 15% reduction of the transfer fee or they recieve nothing in 12 months time, big risk for Ajax and in 12 months time Vertonghen could demand a massive signing on fee due to being a free agent, he seems to have Ajax over a barrel


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