By Michael Brown

17th Jul, 2020 | 3:00pm

Exclusive: Shock Tottenham star transfer touted by ex-Spur after Telegraph update

Michael Brown claims that Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen could seal a surprise move when he becomes a free agent this summer.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Manchester City and Spurs midfielder insists that the Belgian centre-back will have plenty of options to choose from as he heads into the final weeks of his contract.

The Telegraph report that City have identified the 33-year-old as a short-term solution to help fix their defensive issues as Pep Guardiola seeks to sign a centre-back and a left-back.

Brown admits that free agents can often throw up a shock move over the summer and he did not rule out the prospect of Vertonghen swapping north London for the north west.

Brown told Football Insider: “Well, when you’re on a free, the players are aware of their options and that they’re so much better as a free transfer.

“They let their contract go, they can’t agree and ultimately you’ve seen people get a move you would never think it would happen. 

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“I think the balance of what he gives you, Vertonghen, there’s going to be clubs that are going to want to take him but that is an interesting story, that’s for sure.

“Let’s be fair, Manchester City down the left-hand side or in central defence, they need a bit of help. Aymeric Laporte – having that left foot and that balance – he’s missed a huge chunk as well so they do need help and backup and reinforcements.” 

Vertonghen, who can operate as a makeshift left-back, has played 30 times across all competitions this season but has started just once since the Premier League’s return from lockdown.

He has a total of 315 appearances under his belt for Spurs, as well as 118 caps for Belgium.

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