Barcelona rekindle their interest in Tottenham defensive ace - report

Jan Vertonghen

Barcelona will bid for Jan Vertonghen if they are to miss out on their first-choice defensive targets this summer.

Barcelona are set to rekindle their interest in Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen if they miss out on their top targets this summer, TalkSPORT report.

The Spanish side had been linked with making a move for Vertonghen earlier this summer, however, after the rumours died down it seemed as if the Belgian international was set to stay at White Hart Lane.

These fresh reports have thrown his future back into jeopardy, although Spurs are still understood to be hoping to keep hold of Vertonghen – with new boss Mauricio Pochettino considering him a major part of his first-team plans.

Barcelona will only make a move for the 27-year-old if they miss out on first-choice targets, Marquinhos and Jeremy Mathieu, but if they do it could be a temptation for Vertonghen, with the Catalan giants being able to offer Champions League football.

That said, capturing Vertonghen will not be an easy task. He has already stated how impressed he has been by Pochettino, after the Argentine gave him a phone-call whilst he was out in Brazil representing his nation at the World Cup.

"I take this opportunity to thank him [Pochettino] for the phone call that he made to ​​me, saying to focus solely on the World Cup at the moment,” Vertonghen explained two weeks ago.

"I was very impressed by Southampton in the last two years, from their style of play and the manager. I think it's a great appointment for Tottenham."

If he is to stay at Spurs he will be hoping for an improvement on last year, individually and collective.

The commanding defender did not reach the heights during the previous campaign that he did in his first season in England, although the fact that he had to cover at left-back on regular occasions was part of the reason for this.

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