Arsenal line up shock move for Spurs star Vertonghen on free, says Bent

first_img“It’s a difficult one, they’re down to a free, they’re obviously not going to sign new contracts so what do you do?”But if Emery expresses an interest, Vertonghen might prefer to stay in North London.It would be an incredible move on the Belgian’s part, considering the animosity still felt from Spurs fans to another player who moved up the Seven Sisters Road on a free transfer – Sol Campbell.But Emery knows versatile Vertonghen can also play as a left-back which could increase competition.He also works well in a back three and would link up with Sokratis and either Rob Holding or David Luiz next season.Latest Arsenal newsLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesCONT ME OUTArsenal’s Lacazette ‘not interested’ in joining Inter as Martinez’s replacementGossipINTERESTED PARTEYArsenal ‘most interested’ in Thomas Partey but coronavirus delays talksGUNNER GOLuiz ‘has to go’, Saliba ‘a concern’ and Mustafi not at right ‘level’, says KeownAT YOUR BOC AND CALLTorreira reveals ‘dream and desire’ to one day play for Boca JuniorsVertonghen’s Spurs and Belgium team-mate Toby Alderweireld was also linked with a summer switch to the Gunners.He had a £25m release clause but this was not activated by the Gunners in the end, who snapped up Luiz for £8m instead.Robin van Persie says Arsenal are not improving under Unai Emery ARSENAL are ready to make a shock free transfer move for defender Jan Vertonghen from arch-rivals Tottenham, claims former England striker Darren Bent.Gunners boss Unai Emery is looking at the Spurs centre-half to help his problems at the back, he says.1 Arsenal could raid neighbours Spurs for defender Jan VertonghenCredit: AFP or licensorsVertonghen, 32, is out of contract in June.He can sign a pre-contract with a club outside the UK from January.Football Insider claim former Tottenham star and boyhood Gunners fan Bent believes Arsenal want the Belgium international.Bent said: “Jan Vertonghen, playing at the centre of the defence, are there too many more that are going to be better than him? If you’re going to take him on a free, Arsenal could do with him.If he’s on a free don’t be surprised if they’re in the mix for him as well.”I think it’s a situation they need to address but at the same time I wouldn’t want to see these players walk away for nothing.last_img

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