Ajax youth coach Ronald de Boer believes Arsenal transfer target Jan Vertonghen would easily fit into the Gunners starting XI, insisting that the Ajax defender is a more complete player than current Arsenal centre-back Thomas Vermaelen.
Vertonghen has long been linked with a move to both Arsenal and Tottenham, while both Real Madrid and Barcelona are also rumoured to be keeping an eye on developments ahead of this summer.
The Belgian international has spoken positively of a move to either north London side after reiterating his desire to leave Ajax this summer, but De Boer believes that a move to Spain would benefit the 24-year-old more.
“Vertonghen would fit in very well at Real Madrid or Barcelona,” he told NUsport.
“He’s always calm on the ball, and knows when to move into midfield. I’m 100 per cent sure that he would succeed there.”
Vermaelen is contracted at the Amsterdam Arena until 2013 and is expected to be the subject of a fierce transfer battle this summer, with both Arsenal and Tottenham keen to recruit the 24-year-old to bolster their defensive lines.
Vertonghen was at the Emirates Stadium to watch the Gunners play in the Champions League against A.C Milan as a guest of Vermaelen, a former team-mate at Ajax, sparking rumours the Gunners were in the driving seat to land the in-demand ‘stopper.
De Boer believes that if Vertonghen were to secure a move to Arsenal he would easily eclipse the ability of Vermaelen, and compared the Ajax defender to former Manchester United centre-back Jaap Stam.
“He has what it takes to become as good as Jaap Stam,” the Dutchman commented.
"Just look at Vermaelen. He was a decent player during his spell at Ajax, but is now seen as one of the best defenders around in the Premier League. And Vertonghen is better than Vermaelen.”
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