United & Arsenal on £10m Ajax defender alert

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Manchester United and Arsenal have been placed on alert over the availability of Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen.

The £10 million-rated Belgian international has been heavily linked with a move away from Holland in the past, with Barclays Premier League suitors never far from the transfer conversation.

And now, The Metro reports that Manchester United and Arsenal, as well as Tottenham Hotspur, have been put on alert by the 24-year-old centre back's contract situation at the Amsterdam Arena.

With his current deal set to expire in 2013, the Godenzonen will be hoping to tie their skipper down to a long-term deal in the Eredivisie, but Vertonghen claims talks are yet to develop and that he could be in-line for a 'very good' transfer.

"There is talk of a contract extension, but not much has been said," he told AT5.

"Perhaps Ajax will find it to be a good thing when I leave, I don't know. But I think that in the future I could have a very good transfer."

Were Vertonghen to join the Gunners in the transfer window, he'd be paired with international colleague Thomas Vermaelen at the Emirates Stadium and provide a major boost to Arsene Wenger's defensive options.

As for the Red Devils, they have been blighted by their own injury problems at Old Trafford so far this season, particularly in defence.

Club captain Nemanja Vidic has been ruled out for the rest of the season through injury, and Vertonghen could be the man to solve the problem for Sir Alex Ferguson.

Thomas Vermaelen
Premier League
Manchester United

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