Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen - a reported target for both Arsenal and Tottenham - has the potential to play for Manchester United, according to his manager Frank de Boer.

The Belgian has progressed through the ranks at the Amsterdam Arena and, it would appear, is destined to eventually secure a move away from Ajax.

Vertonghen has been frequently linked with a move to Arsenal, while Chelsea and Tottenham have also been credited with interest in the 24-year-old.

According to skysports.com, Spurs even posted representatives to run the rule over Vertonghen as Ajax played Manchester United in the Europa League on Thursday.

And, although Vertonghen was unable to prevent his side falling to a 2-0 defeat in Amsterdam, De Boer believes he could fit into Sir Alex Ferguson's team in the not too distant future.

De Boer told De Telegraaf: "Jan is already close to the level of Manchester United and he can still improve.

"Especially as he moves forward through the midfield, he is so dangerous. He sometimes does that too little in my eyes.

"That's a shame, because then his qualities are more conspicuous."

Vertonghen will have the opportunity to further enhance his reputation when Ajax travel to Old Trafford for the second leg of their tie with United later this month.

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