Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen is in talks with AS Roma to join the Italian side on a free transfer when his contract expires at the end of this month
The Belgian international has spent eight seasons at Spurs with his contract expiring soon and doesn’t seem he will sign any new deal to keep him at London beyond the 2019-20 season.
The Belgian was left out on the bench in Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Friday and reports from Italy claims the defender may move away from the London club.
Roma according to newspaper Il Masseggero as reported by Sky Sports have offered the defender a two-year-contract with an option of a third season at the Stadio Olimpico.
However Corriere dello Sport has also reported that the Italian outfit will only look Vertonghen’s way should they fail to strike a deal with Manchester United for Chris Smalling who is on loan at the Stadio Olimpico.
AS Roma manager Paulo Fonseca is keen to sign the centre back who has impressed since his loan move to the Italian capital scoring two goals in 28 appearances.
However Manchester United will not let go off the 30-year-old defender at a cheap price which may deter Roma from signing him.
With Inter Milan and Napoli also interested in signing the Tottenham defender, Roma face a competition in landing the signature of the Belgian should they fail to sign Chris Smalling.
Vertonghen since joining Spurs in 2012 from Ajax has made 311 appearances for the club scoring 14 goals.