Roma ‘hold talks with Jan Vertonghen over move to Serie A’ as Tottenham defender inches closer to exit on a free transfer and Italians line up Chris Smalling replacement
- Roma have reportedly entered negotiations to sign defender Jan Vertonghen
- Vertonghen will be available on a free when his contract expires this summer
- The versatile 33-year-old has also attracted interest from Inter and Napoli
- On-loan Man United defender Chris Smalling remains Roma’s primary target
Jan Vertonghen has entered negotiations to join Roma on a free transfer when his Tottenham contract expires at the end of this month, according to reports.
The Belgium international is in his eighth season at Spurs but is unlikely to sign a new deal to stay in London beyond the 2019-20 campaign.
Vertonghen was an unused substitute during Tottenham’s 1-1 home draw with Manchester United on Friday and reports in Italy claim the defender is nearing a move to the capital.
Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen has reportedly entered talks to join Roma on free transfer
According to newspaper Il Messaggero, Roma have offered the 33-year-old a two-year deal with the option of a third season at the Stadio Olimpico.
However, Corriere dello Sport affirm the Serie A club will only pursue Vertonghen if they fail to strike a deal with Manchester United for Chris Smalling.
The English centre back has scored two goals in 28 appearances during his season-long loan to Roma and manager Paulo Fonseca is keen to sign him permanently.
Corriere dello Sport claims Roma will only pursue Vertonghen if they fail to sign Chris Smalling
Nevertheless, Il Giallorossi could be deterred by the sizeable fee required to prise the 30-year-old away from Old Trafford this summer.
Vertonghen has also attracted interest from Inter Milan and Napoli, meaning Roma will face competition to sign their secondary target if they miss out on Smalling.
Vertonghen has scored 14 goals in 311 appearances since joining Tottenham from Ajax for an undisclosed fee in the region of £12million in July 2012.
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho confirmed earlier this week that Vertonghen is committed to helping the cause and he hopes he will extend his stay until at least the end of the season.
‘Jan is a fantastic guy, fantastic professional,’ he said. ‘His love for the club, his respect for the club, is never in doubt. Of course he’s committed with us, of course he’s ready to play.
‘We and him want him to be with us until at least the end of the season and hopefully Jan and his people and my club can agree that. But speaking now until the end of his contract, in the end of June, he’s here to help and of course we totally trust him.’
Spurs’ Jose Mourinho insisted he hoped Vertonghen would stay at Spurs until the season ends