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Vertonghen expects Spurs collapse

May 25, 2012
By ESPN staff

Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen still holds Tottenham as his first choice destination this summer, but admits he expects the transfer to fall through because Spurs will not pay the €15 million price tag.

Jan Vertonghen Ajax action
GettyImagesJan Vertonghen made his debut for Ajax in 2006 after coming through their youth ranks

• Spurs close to Vertonghen deal

Vertonghen has been extremely impressed by Spurs, having met chairman Daniel Levy on Monday. The Belgium international came away from the meeting saying, "I've got the best feeling for that club".

That remains the case, with Vertonghen hopeful a move to White Hart Lane can be completed, but he anticipates that Spurs will look for a cheaper option after being nudged out of the Champions League by Chelsea. If that happens, the defender admits Arsenal are a genuine option.

"I've said repeatedly that Tottenham are my first choice, but the talks haven't progressed," Vertonghen is quoted as saying by the Daily Star. "They have shown me around, I have met all their key people and their chairman came to meet me on Monday.

"But Arsenal want me too. They remain a possibility if my Spurs move falls through, as Ajax are asking €15m for me. That is a lot of money for someone with just a year left on his contract.

"I'm sure Spurs won't be able to pay that much after they missed out on the Champions League. Ajax want to get as much as they can for me, while Spurs want to pay as little as possible.

"I hope a deal can be done. But I won't fight with Ajax, that is the last thing I'd want after so many good years with them. England is my preferred destination. But if needed I will see out my contract and leave on a free transfer next year."