Jan Vertonghen 'agrees free transfer to Benfica' and set to sign three-year deal after undergoing medical
FORMER Tottenham star Jan Vertonghen has reportedly agreed a free transfer to Benfica.
The veteran Belgian defender left Spurs at the end of the extended Premier League season.
And is now set to arrive at Benfica with a medical taking place today, according to Portuguese paper Record.
The media outlet have splashed an image of Vertonghen on their front page with the headline "Vertonghen sealed".
Vertonghen has elected to join the newly-crowned Portuguese champions ahead of a move to Serie A and will sign a three-year deal.
Italian transfer guru Fabrizio Romano also confirmed news of the 33-year-old's move to the Estadio da Luz.
He tweeted: "Jan Vertonghen to Benfica is a done deal.
"Three years contract and contract to be signed on next hours. Here we go."
A number of clubs including Inter Milan, Sevilla and Manchester City reportedly voiced interest in signing the former Ajax man.
Vertonghen spent eight years in North London, chalking up 315 appearances, 14 goals and seven assists for Spurs.
But life away from Tottenham is clearly going to take some getting used to for the left-footed defender.
Spurs signed Southampton's Pierre-Emile Hojberg and gave him Vertonghen's recently vacated No5 shirt – something that felt odd for the Belgian international.
In reply to Hojberg's official shirt unveiling, Vertonghen tweeted: "This looks sooo weird!!"
Vertonghen could be joined at Benfica by former Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani.
The prolific Uruguayan forward, 33, is also available on a free after ending his time in the French capital when his contract expired in June.
A two-year deal is thought to be virtually over the line and would shatter Championship winners Leeds' hopes of landing the striker to spearhead their return to the Premier League.
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