Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen appears to favour a summer switch to Arsenal over their north London rivals Tottenham after the Belgium international revealed he was ‘willing’ to join the Gunners at the end of the season.
Vertonghen has already expressed his desire to make the switch to the Premier League having spent six years in the Eredivisie with Ajax, prompting reports of interest from Arsenal, Tottenham and Newcastle throughout the January transfer window.
The 24-year-old said last month he would be interested in a move to Tottenham, while Ajax team-mate Toby Alderweireld described Spurs as a ‘nice club’ for Vertonghen to join.
However the defender would also favour a move to the Emirates Stadium and was present for the Gunners 3-0 victory over A.C Milan in the Champions League, reportedly at the request of former Ajax team-mate and current Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen.
Vertonghen revealed that Ajax are already searching for his replacement and says that he has indicated to his agent the club’s he would be willing to join come the end of the season.
He said in the Daily Express: "My agent knows what clubs I'm willing to go to. Arsenal are obviously one of them. Ajax are busy trying to find solutions to replace me."
Ajax sit just three points behind Eredivisie leaders AZ Alkmaar with nine games remaining, and Vertonghen says that while he has his heart set on a move to a Premier League club in the summer, he is currently focusing on helping the iconic Dutch club retain the title they won last year.
"Who wouldn't want to play football at a top club in England?" the defender told NU Sport. "If a nice club (is interested) I will hear about it from my agent.
"But first I want to concentrate fully on the title race."