Belgian a key figure in Spurs’ backline but could be let go if he does not agree a new deal
Paris Saint-Germain will target Jan Vertonghen this summer as the Tottenham centre-back mulls over signing a new deal with his current club.
The Belgian, 31, has less than a year remaining on his current contract at White Hart Lane and could follow compatriot Toby Alderweireld in holding the club to ransom.
The Times report key man Vertonghen has been offered a new deal but that French champions PSG are ready to pounce if he gets cold feet.
Spurs are still yet to sign a player this summer and with just over two weeks left until the Premier League transfer window slams shut on August 9, fans are becoming agitated.
The earlier deadline adopted by English clubs, three weeks sooner than their European rivals, could leave Spurs in turmoil.
If Vertonghen rejects the contract offered to him and demands a move away after the window shuts, Mauricio Pochettino will be unable to bring in a replacement until January.
That would leave Spurs extremely short at the back, with Alderweireld, who partnered Vertonghen in the Belgium side that came third at the World Cup, also considering his future.
Alderweireld blasted Pochettino for his decision to leave him out of the team last season, which the Argentine boss puts down to a loss of form.
The player however suspects that his refusal to sign a new deal was the real reason behind his benching, starting just three Premier League games in 2018.
The rise of Colombian Davinson Sanchez since his £42m move from Ajax last summer would offer some comfort if Vertonghen and/or Alderweireld were to leave, but it would still require wholesale changes in the make-up of the team’s defence.
Pochettino would likely have to switch away from his favoured three-at-the-back system, with Eric Dier drafted in to centre-back.
Dier, primarily a defensive midfielder, has played the position regularly in the past but has struggled there for Spurs.
The only other senior centre-back at the club is Argentine Juan Foyth, a 20-year-old who signed from Estudiantes last summer.
He made only eight appearances for Spurs last season, none of which came in the Premier League.