Who has not been linked with Manchester United since the summer? On this occasion it is Jan Vertonghen, and although it's just speculation at the moment this story has the potential to be true.
The 27-year-old Belgian has recently declared himself unhappy at White Hart Lane due to the lack of first team appearances that have been presented his way. Vertonghen has only started six of the eleven Premier League games under new manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Pochettino is said to be less than impressed with the Belgian's attitude. Vertonghen was dropped for the home defeat to Stoke just before the International break. However, Vertonghen was replaced by new signing Federico Fazio who had a bigger nightmare than a child sleeping with the light off for the first time.
This is not the first time Vertonghen has been left less than impressed at White Hart Lane. Last season Vertonghen had a tempestuous relationship with former manager Tim Sherwood as he was forced out to left back instead of his natural central position.
Managers seem to have had a problem with Vertonghen, who is regarded as Tottenham's best central defender, but his former manager at Ajax and close adviser of Louis Van Gaal's, Frank De Boer, is a big fan of Vertonghen who helped his team win back to back Eredivise titles. Louis Van Gaal will be interested to hear what De Boer has to say about the Tottenham centre half.
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Vertonghen would command a fee of around £18 million but at just 27, he could be worth that gamble. Van Gaal is very impressed with Vertonghen having seen him play in the World Cup where Belgium managed to get to the quarter finals. However, Van Gaal may go with a familiar face in Aston Villa's Ron Vlaar who he personally worked with at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
With six months left on his contract Vlaar would be available for a lot less than Vertonghen. This option would surely just be a stop-gap to the defensive problems surrounding Manchester United.
Whether this speculation turns into a formal bid is yet to be seen but Vertonghen does have the credentials which Manchester United crave. However they will have to negotiate with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy who has a history of making Manchester United pay a lot more. Good luck Ed Woodward!