Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen & his link to Manchester City 3

Goal.com are reporting this morning that Tottenham Jan Vertonghen is now a transfer-target for Manchester City in the Summer, and that he’s seen as a natural partner for Vincent Kompany at The Etihad next season.

Whether you believe Goal and their daily transfer exclusives is really up to you, but the story is at least plausible - and Greg Stobart is a good journalist, and has shown himself to be reliable in the past.

Tottenham have a problem with Vertonghen at the moment, because at his best he’s a tremendous defender, but when his attitude is suspect - which it currently is and has been for some time - he’s a little less than great.

Spurs fans have every right to be irritated with Vertonghen, because less than-eighteen months after signing for the club he was already dropping the ‘we’ll see in the Summer’ line with regards to his long-term future - and that’s not something that anybody wants to hear in the middle of a season. Vertonghen is a leader and a very talented footballer, but his value is really governed by his application and his commitment.

Manchester City have centre-back issues, and those have been brutally exposed with the protracted absence of Matija Nastasic. With Jolean Lescott’s contract expiring in the Summer, and Martin Demichelis having a less than spectacular year, it’s obvious that they will be shopping in that department once the market re-opens.

And actually, Vertonghen might be a very good option.

Fans never want to see talented players leave their club, but when there’s an issue over commitment it sometimes makes sense to take a fair price and move on. In theory, the Belgian is the best defender at White Hart Lane, but he hasn’t played to that standard for quite a while.

Given what Vertonghen has produced this year, would a £15m-£20m sale really be so devastating? Probably not, and especially so if it was mitigated by the renewal of Younes Kaboul’s contract.

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