Is Jan the Man for Barca?
It appears that Jan Vertonghen is the latest and not unexpected name to be linked with a WHL departure.
In reality it is hardly a surprise that Vert is wanted elsewhere, as he is clearly a good mix of defender and footballer, ideal for the demands of todays game. You could also see a logic in him attracting interest from a club like Barca, even if his performance and attitude didn`t seem quite to standard last season.
Speaking of possible interest, his agent Mustapha Nakhli said: 'Several teams are interested in Jan, I cannot confirm or deny whether Barcelona are one of them. 'Tottenham is not a small club. It's too soon to give them an answer. Several clubs have registered their interest in Jan. We'll see."
Of course that means nothing at this time and we all know that agents see their roles as getting the best deal for their client, whether they like it or not.. What we don`t know is what the player himself wants and also whether Barca are truly looking at him as their prime target.
Should this actually develop, what would our valuation of Vertonghen be and is there also a potential that we might be able to do a deal with one of their emerging players that might interest Pochettino?