Tottenham are facing a fight to keep Jan Vertonghen at White Hart Lane past January with Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool all considering bids to sign him, reports The Mirror.
The 27-year-old has been linked with a move away from the club since the summer transfer window when Barcelona attempted to sign him. Daniel Levy stood firm and Barcelona were forced to turn to Vertonghen's international team-mate Thomas Vermaelen.
However, Vertonghen remains keen to play Champions League football and Tottenham appear to be moving further away from a top four finish despite lavish spending over the past two years.
His versatility is a terrific asset for Mauricio Pochettino, but the 27-year-old has not shown his best form thus far, inspiring reports that the Tottenham manager could be open to cashing in. That has alerted several Premier League clubs, including north London rivals Arsenal.
The Gunners have struggled for defenders and Vertonghen's ability to play across the back four makes him an attractive proposition. With Laurent Koscielny continuing to struggle for fitness, Arsene Wenger is likely to move in the January transfer window.
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Tottenham want £17 million for the player that cost them £12 million to sign from Ajax in 2012. However, Levy will be keen to make sure the player does not go to their bitter rivals.
Champions League football
That gives Liverpool and Manchester United the upper hand, who are both continuing to monitor Vertonghen's situation. Rodgers may be hard pushed to convince him to Anfield as he can't offer Champions League football.
Louis van Gaal is also unable to, but Manchester United look much more likely to qualify for next season's competition than the Anfield club.