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?