Tottenham are reportedly ready to offer Jan Vertonghen an improved deal to stay at the club.
Tottenham Hotspur are unsurprisingly keen to keep Jan Vertonghen at the club and the Mirror claims they’re ready to improve his deal to do so.
However, the paper suggests that chairman Daniel Levy is only prepared to marginally up the Belgian’s current contract from roughly £45,000 per week to a reported £60,000 per week.
“Levy wants to tie the 27-year-old to an improved £60,000-a-week contract as the defender has just two years left on his current deal,” writes Darren Lewis.
Mauricio Pochettino has personally called the player in the recent past to convince him that he’s a key part of Tottenham’s plans so the initial news of a new deal is encouraging.
However, Spurs could still miss out if any side comes in with a big offer for Vertonghen for both the club and the player.
That reported wage is a fortune for the average person but Vertonghen’s agent will point out that there are plenty of players, some not half as good, who are on bigger contracts.
Levy has always battled hard to get the best financial value for Spurs in every decision he makes, but considering how important Vertonghen is to the back four, it’s surprising that a larger offer isn’t on the cards.
The big side currently being linked with him is Barcelona, as Luis Enrique looks for a way to fill the void which has been created by Carles Puyol’s absence.
Puyol was a superb left sided centre-back who had the ability to sweep out on the left, which allowed Barca to play a high and aggressive line when he was in the team.
That seems to be the reason they’re looking at Vertonghen, but it could also be the main reason Pochettino wants to keep him considering his reputation for high, attacking pressing football.
It’s encouraging the club are working on a deal to keep Vertonghen happy but they may have to improve it even further to stop the sharks from circling.