It is a two horse race between Tottenham and Arsenal for highly rated defender

According to reports in the Daily Mirror, Arsenal have joined arch rivals Tottenham in the race to sign Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen. The report suggests that the player was impressed with Arsenal’s style of play when he saw their match against AC Milan at the Emirates and could end up joining compatriot Thomas Vermaelen at the club.

The 24-year old has just one year left on his current deal with the Dutch giants and has reiterated that he is not going to sign an extension, which means that he will be available for a reduced fee in the summer. However, Tottenham too are eager to reinforce their backline and could match the Gunners’ bid.

The player himself might be looking for more first team football and in that regard, Tottenham might have the edge because at Arsenal there are already three established centre backs in Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker.

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Another aspect could be European football. Although both Tottenham and Arsenal are in the top four currently, there is no guarantee that both will finish the season in those places and Vertonghen’s decision could be influenced by which team secures Champions League football.

Both North London outfits look set to spend heavily in the summer and it will be interesting to see what additions they manage to make to their squads.

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