Ajax and Tottenham have finally come to an agreement over the transfer of Jan Vertonghen, according to Dutch paper De Telegraaf, after hours of intense negotiations.
The Ajax skipper is believed to have agreed terms on a four year deal with option of two additional years at White Hart Lane, while De Telegraaf report the fee as £9 million up front with a further £3 million in add-ons.
De Telegraaf quote Vertonghen as saying yesterday that he is relieved the move is still on. "The last days were not easy," he admitted.
Vertonghen’s move to Spurs has become one of the most protracted transfer sagas of the summer already, with talks on-going for some time now.
The Belgian international's switch to White Hart Lane appeared in the balance as the two parties struggled to come to an agreement over a move, with a clause in Vertonghen’s contract stating that he is entitled to 15 percent of any transfer fee said to be holding up progress.
A statement from Vertonghen’s camp on Friday revealed that talks that day had been unsuccessful, with a spokesman for the defender’s management agency describing progress as ‘not easy’ and revealing that further talks were due in the next 24 hours.
However it now appears that both clubs are happy with the arrangement which has paved the way for Vertonghen to meet up with his new Tottenham team-mates for their first day of pre-season training on Monday once he has completed a medical.
The 25-year-old has previously stated his desire to secure a move to Tottenham despite reported interest from Arsenal, Newcastle and Barcelona, while he has also grown increasingly frustrated at the lack of an agreement in recent weeks, admitting that still being with Ajax next season would be a ‘slap in the face’.
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