Jan Vertonghen (24, Ajax)
Vertonghen is from the Beerschot-Ajax production line, following in the footsteps of friend and international colleague Thomas Vermaelen. Vertonghen is the more flexible of the two: he’s played midfield and full back for Belgium, while cementing his position as centre back and captain for Ajax.
Ex-Belgium boss Dick Advocaat reckons that left midfield is Vertonghen’s best position. It looks very likely he’ll move in the summer. Newcastle United have shown interest but that does not look like the kind of move he would make. Arsenal have often been linked to the player and Spurs are said to fancy him at centre back; Barcelona have been following his progress for years.
He’s out of contract in 2013 and this time it does look like he’ll decide to try his luck elsewhere, come the summer window.