Tottenham Hotspur’s search for a long-term successor to Jan Vertonghen has seen them commence talks over the transfer of a €30m-rated Serie A defender, claims the Italian media.
The Belgian centre-half’s contract at White Hart Lane expires at the end of June, and although the club are understood to wish for Vertonghen to stay, the player himself recently dropped a major hint that his future lays elsewhere.
His exit will necessitate a defensive arrival in the summer window, with Jose Mourinho persistently linked with swooping for a former Diego Simeone favourite.
The Italian-born Albania centre-half has become an integral part of Verona’s backline in a season that saw the newly-promoted side climb to an impressive eighth place prior to football’s hiatus.
Having made 18 Serie A appearances and displaying his undoubted talents, the 20-year-old attracted the attentions of a number of Premier League clubs.
The article reveals that a sum of around €30m would be required to convince Verona to sell, but notes that the player has attracted strong interest from within Italy also.
Inter Milan are described as being ‘very interested,’ as they search for a long-term option at the heart of Antonio Conte’s three central defender axis.