Posted on Tuesday, 29th May 2012 by Iain Culverhouse
So it seems that Arsenal and Tottenham target Jan Vertonghen has announced that he’s fully prepared to join the Gunners if Spurs cannot agree a deal – news that will both please and frustrate some Gooners.
It appears the deal is currently failing due to the agreement of the transfer fee, as Ajax are thought to want £12 million for the Belgium’s services, while Spurs are only prepared currently to pay £9 million.
Vertonghen recently said:
‘I’ve said repeatedly that Tottenham are my first choice, but the talks haven’t progressed.
‘They have shown me around, I have met all their key people and their chairman came to meet me on Monday. But Arsenal want me too. They remain a possibility if my Spurs move falls through, as Ajax are asking £12m for me.’
Now I am a bit p***ed off about this to be honest, either he wants to join us or he doesn’t, there seems to be one or two players currently (Eden Hazard) who think the whole transfer system is a joke, and they can just sit there and announce whatever they like to clubs.
Vertonghen is a very good player, there is no denying that, but I can’t help but think that his latest comments are somewhat of a slap in the face to Arsenal.
Obviously I am looking at this from a fans perspective, but I’d much prefer a player who wants to play for us as there first choice rather than ‘settling’ for us because his primary option fell through. Although I am sure that given the fact there have been moves like Sol Campbell to Arsenal from Tottenham, I would welcome him, assuming he was going to put in 100% and not just whine about how he didn’t get the move he wanted.
The 25-year-old centre-back is aware that matching Ajax’s demands could be difficult though:
‘That is a lot of money for someone with just a year left on his contract. I’m sure Spurs won’t be able to pay that much after they missed out on the Champions League.
‘Ajax want to get as much as they can for me, while Spurs want to pay as little as possible.
‘I hope a deal can be done. But I won’t fight with Ajax – that is the last thing I’d want after so many good years with them.’
I guess we will have to see what happens with Vertonghen in the upcoming weeks. I personally think that he will end up at Tottenham, but I wouldn’t turn him away from Arsenal as I think he would be a great signing for our club.
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