After a week of speculation that Jan Vertonghen’s move to Tottenham Hotspur was off the table, there again seems to have emerged some light at the end of the tunnel, with the player’s agent suggesting that a solution could be reached between Vertonghen and parent club Ajax in the coming days.
Both parties have been embroiled in a legal struggle in recent weeks over a clause in Vertonghen’s contract which the player claims entitles him to 15 per cent of any transfer fee.
Eredivisie side Ajax however have shown a stubborn refusal to pay that amount out of Tottenham’s £9 million bid, suggesting that such a fee would have been payed to Vertonghen only if their proposed valuation of £15 million had been met by the buying club.
The disagreement has caused the Belgian centre-half’s proposed move to White Hart Lane to stall, with neither side ready to budge.
However, Nakhli Mondial, a member of Vertonghen’s management agency, was of the suggestion that a compromise could be reached between the club and the player.
“We have a meeting with Ajax at the end of this morning to come to a solution,” Mondial told Dutch daily De Telegraaf. “There is some movement and we have the intention to come to an agreement.”
If Vertonghen does finally make a move to the Spurs, then he will be new manager Andre Villas-Boas’s second acquisition after Gylfi Sigurdsson.