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Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen could have priced himself out of a move to Roma with his demands for a £50,000-a-week pay packet, according to Tuttomercatoweb.

If Jose Mourinho is desperate to shore up a Spurs defence which has been haemorrhaging goals at an alarming rate over the last year-and-a-half, it seems things are about to get worse before they get better.

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Modern-day club legend Vertonghen is out of contract in July as it stands, and it looks increasingly unlikely that he will stick around for at least another season in north London.

A host of clubs have been linked, including a Roma side who look set to lose a key defender themselves when Chris Smalling – who has been a man reborn at the Stadio Olimpico – heads back to Manchester United.

While a move to an Italian giant like Roma should appeal to Vertonghen as he enters the autumn of his career, it seems there is a lot of ground to make up between the respective parties as negotiations hit a hurdle.

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Roma have a 2.5 million euro wage cap in place – meaning they cannot and will not pay Vertonghen more than £43,000-a-week. The Belgian international wants £50,000, TMW claims.

Then again, money isn’t everything of course and Vertonghen, after almost a decade in the Premier League, will not be short of a bob or two. Don’t be surprised if he is happy to compromise in order to ensure he joins one of Europe’s top clubs when his Tottenham deal runs out.

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