A few months ago, it was mostly the Italian newspapers who had stories about Jan Vertonghen’s contract ending with Tottenham Hotspur. Several Serie A clubs have been linked, and there’s even been claims of agreed deals, but still there’s nothing concrete.

Now that the defender is completely a free agent, it seems there’s a chance he could end up moving to Portugal.

Newspaper Record has a big story today about Benfica’s interest in the player. They claim that manager Jorge Jesus has contacted José Mourinho’s staff to get more information on the 33-year-old.

The Eagles are chasing a left-footed defender, and see Vertonghen as the experienced player who can help them fight not only for the Portuguese League title, but for the Champions League as well.

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It’s said that Benfica have already started talks for the signing, however, this should be a complicated task, especially because there’s competition from AS Roma.

Record makes it clear that Jesus contacted Mourinho’s staff and not the Special One himself. Perhaps the Benfica boss is after some technical information, instead of a ‘yes or no’ from his compatriot.

Vertonghen is leaving Tottenham after eight years at the club. He made 315 appearances for Spurs.