Man Utd advised to complete free transfer that could ‘change things’ at Old Trafford

Manchester United should sign Jan Vertonghen in the upcoming transfer window. That’s the opinion of Jermaine Jenas, who believes the centre-back would be the ideal partner for captain Harry Maguire.

Vertonghen, 33, made 315 appearances for Tottenham and enjoyed eight successful seasons with the club having arrived for £11.25m from Ajax in July 2012.

The Belgian departs as a free agent having seen his playing time limited under manager Jose Mourinho this season.

“So my time at the club comes to an end. A sad day for many reasons,” Vertonghen wrote after Sunday’s finale against Crystal Palace.

“I will miss the friends I’ve made here, the staff that make the club run, playing at the amazing new stadium and of course you fans.

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“Thank you for all the support over the years. You’ve been amazing. We had many unbelievable memories but for now, it’s goodbye.”

Vertonghen is unlikely to be without a club for long with plenty of interested parties supposedly considering his signature.

The Red Devils are in the market for a new centre-back with various names including Kalidou Koulibaly, Nathan Ake and Gabriel Magalhaes being linked with the club.

But former Spurs midfielder Jenas thinks Manchester United should come knocking for Vertonghen.

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“I keep touting him around everywhere but I’m sorry, Jan Vertonghen on a free is the best free transfer centre-half out there,” Jenas told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“If you can get Harry Maguire back on the right side and get an actual ball-playing centre-half as a left-sider, that little dynamic may change things for them as well and he’s free.

“Manchester United will know what they’re doing, they’ll have a plan but defensively they’re miles off it. I know how good he is.

“It baffles me when I see him in the stand every week because I know how good he this player is. I’ve played with him, I’ve watched him and on a free transfer, it just makes sense.”

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