Could Jan Vertonghen really become the next Sol Campbell with controversial move?

Jan Vertonghen

The Mirror has mentioned Arsenal as one of the teams interested in signing Jan Vertonghen from Tottenham Hotspur.

Arsenal have been mentioned as one of the sides reportedly interested in trying to do a deal for Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen.

For Spurs fans, the Mirror’s link will be a wild claim but it creates the idea of a throwback to a transfer which left Tottenham supporters in shock involving a player they never forgave; Sol Campbell.

Campbell left Tottenham and joined Arsenal for greater riches and chances of success and with Arsenal looking for a centre back this winter, Vertonghen could be a player they try to target.

There are similarities with Vertonghen keen to play in the Champions League and calling off the chance to extend his contract at White Hart Lane earlier this season, but really he do the unthinkable?

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is arguably the best businessman at a football club in the country.

While Arsenal are a constant thorn in his side, he always looks for the best deal for Tottenham and that will give the red half of North London hope that they could do a deal.

However, he could have netted Tottenham a bigger fee for former player Gareth Bale if he’d sold him to Manchester United.

The transfer showed a willingness to listen to the player’s desire and also not to sell to a rival, thus making them stronger in the battle for a top four position.

It’s also a move that the Belgian would have to accept, bearing the burden of a decision which would affect him greatly.

Campbell was always reminded of the negative feeling and hatred that developed when he went anywhere near Tottenham as an Arsenal player and the same would be the case for the Belgian.

He has to ask himself whether he can take that negative criticism and stick from Tottenham fans for the rest of his life.

Mauricio Pochettino will also have a say in this matter and he’s arguably found his best centre back pairing at the club, which involves Vertonghen playing alongside Federico Fazio.

For Vertonghen to leave Spurs, officials would have to go above Pochettino’s head and axe a player who is obviously important to his plans.

It’s exciting from the point of view of Arsenal fans and potentially could cause chaos among Spurs fans but Pochettino is not a naïve manager and will more than likely nip things in the bud if any official interest materialised from the Gunners.

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch