Jan Vertonghen closes in on Benfica transfer as Portuguese giants eye free moves for him and Cavani

JAN VERTONGHEN is close to signing for Benfica and could be joined at the club by Edinson Cavani.

The defender is out of contract and left Tottenham this summer after eight years in North London.

He has been in talks with the Portuguese giants for the last few days, according to Record.

And Gazzetta’s Alfredo Pedulla claims the 33-year-old has been offered a three-year contract by Benfica.

The Belgian international’s representatives have been in discussions with several teams as they decide on his future.

And a move to Italy is also on the cards with both Roma and Fiorentina also keen on signing Vertonghen.

However, the experienced centre-back is keen to take his time and study all the offers on the table before penning a contract.

Meanwhile, Benfica have not given up hope of Vertonghen lining up for them behind Cavani at the back.

The Uruguayan striker, 33, was out of contract at Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the June.

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Now a free agent, a deal with Benfica is thought to be virtually sealed and could be announced imminently.

According to Record in Portugal, talks did break down last week with a deal on the verge of collapse.

But those issues have been resolved and Cavani is expected to pen a two-year deal, scuppering Leeds United's hopes of landing the hotshot.

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