Tottenham Hotspur are looking to replace ageing players in the squad, sign replacements for departing ones as well as making new signings to reinforce the squad for next season. All at the same time. So the transfer guys at Spurs have a lot of work these days. Nathan Ake’s transfer is their current assignment.
Spurs are convincing Ake to sign for the North Londoners by promising him the long term position of Jan Vertonghen. Vertonghen joined Tottenham from Ajax in 2012, a year before Christian Eriksen and has since become a veteran for the team.
Nathan Ake’s transfer will pave the way out for Vertonghen
His time at Spurs has culminated in the team reaching the Champions League final for the first time in their history. However, at 32 years of age, Vertonghen is probably facing a decline in his abilities. Even if his mental aspect of the game is top-notch, the physicality of the league is hard to deal with after a certain age. Vertonghen is very close to said age and Spurs want to replace him in the long term with Dutch defender Nathan Ake.
Ake is at the Cherries now, after Chelsea sold him in 2017. He has since accumulated 10 caps for Netherlands and is a nailed on starter for Bournemouth. He also has a goalscoring instinct in him, which makes any defender special. Chelsea still have a first option on him but due to the ban in place on the Blues, they’re powerless to stop Nathan Ake’s transfer to Tottenham.
Vertonghen only has one more year remaining on his current deal and it seems unlikely that he’ll be a Spurs player past 2020. It is wise to line-up and blood new players in his place. Ake has been told he’s the guy for Tottenham. While Ake played every Premier League game for Bournemouth, Vertonghen played the least number of games in 2018-19 in the league compared to the past three seasons. A sign of the times.
Only time will tell if Spurs can get Nathan Ake’s transfer done and if he is the man to replace Vertonghen.