Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Manchester City eye Ajax centre back Jan Vertonghen

WATCHING BRIEF: Roberto Mancini WATCHING BRIEF: Roberto Mancini
Manchester City are set to join the race to sign Ajax’s big Belgian centre half Jan Vertonghen.

Blues boss Roberto Mancini was spotted at the Dutch Cup final checking out the 24-year-old Belgian, who plays international football alongside City star Vincent Kompany.

Arsenal and Liverpool have already expressed an interest in the £12million-rated stopper, who has already said he will leave Ajax for the Premier League this summer.

Ajax coach Frank de Boer, whose side lost to Twente in the final, said afterwards: “We know that Mancini was there. And I know the rumours from England that City wants him. One and one is two.”

Vertonghen has also attracted interest from United and AC Milan in the past. City may face the prospect of losing Kolo Toure for most of next season as the Ivorian awaits the outcome of his positive drugs test earlier this season.

Vertonghen has also successfully played as a defensive midfielder this season. Mancini will also have taken a careful look at right back Gregory van der Wiel, a player who attracted City’s interest last season.

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