All of the rumours are suggesting Barcelona will go after a defender this summer and there’s an obvious candidate who plays for Tottenham Hotspur.
If Barcelona are going to go after a defender this summer, as plenty of the rumours suggest, then they will want to get after a star who personifies the way they already play football and everything they are about as a team.
Thomas Vermaelen of Arsenal has been mentioned but one ideal candidate is Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur.
Granted, this is a player in his first season at Spurs and a player who has a very long contract until the summer of 2016 but we’re talking about the one team that could change all of that if they came in with an offer.
Vertonghen is seemingly a perfect defender and Spurs, and their fans, should be very happy they have managed to snap up a player who is definitely going to make them a profit if they move him on at any point.
Spurs should be petrified of Barcelona trying to nab him away from them before he’s really started his Spurs career, because he has everything needed to be the long term successor to current defender Carles Puyol.
Vertonghen is solid defensively and can play in many different roles across the backline. He’s also got a superb touch and finish for a defender which has bagged him six goals for the club so far this season.
The problem Spurs have is that with every quality performance he puts in and every time he bags a goal or a man of the match award, his profile increases and the interest in him becomes all the more intense.
Spurs are under massive pressure to make sure they stay in the top four by the end of the season because if they don’t, they could be vulnerable of losing a player like Vertonghen so soon after he signed for the club.
The sort of carrot that Barcelona dangle is good enough to convince nearly any player to leave their side, regardless of their contract, because of the quality and the guarantee of success which playing for Barcelona provides.
They will be on the hunt for defensive reinforcements and Spurs can draw a little bit of confidence from the fact they have Daniel Levy as their chairman.
This is a club official who has pulled off some superb deals for Spurs in the recent past and if a side is targeting a star, like Vertonghen, he makes it as difficult as possible for the club trying to get him, to actually pay a fee and sign the player.
One of the most recent examples is the case of Luka Modric which nearly fell through because Levy literally wouldn’t budge at all, in terms of the price he was asking Real Madrid to pay for the player.
Fingers crossed for Spurs that Barcelona don’t come in for Vertonghen or any other player because it will be difficult for them to hold them off for long, if they start sniffing around.
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