Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has not agreed to join Manchester United or any other club despite widespread reports to the contrary, according to his agent Kees Vos.
Vermaelen has emerged as a surprise target for new United manager Louis van Gaal in the last 48 hours, with the Red Devils thought to have ironed out personal terms in talks Vos, who also represents Old Trafford strike star Robin van Persie.
Just as Arsenal fans were gearing up to bemoan another key Emirates figure leaving to strengthen a Premier League rival though Vos has attempted to downplay speculation, telling BBC Sport that claims of deal being reached are well wide of the mark.
Vos is reported by BBC Sport journalist David Ornstein that there is no deal in place, with Vermaelen completely focused on representing Belgium at the World Cup for now rather than sorting out his future at club level.
There is little doubt that the 28-year-old will remain a perennial favourite of the transfer gossip columns until his future is clarified one way or another, with United waiting to pounce and ready to offer £10m for a star who has cut a frustrated figure in recent years.
Vermaelen started life at the Emirates in tremendous fashion following a switch to the Premier League from Ajax in 2009, but since those heady days of all-action displays the centre-back has struggled with injury and a loss of form.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has preferred a central defensive pairing of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny over the last 18 months, a decision which has largely been vindicated by improvement in the Gunners rearguard.
That blossoming partnership has left Vermaelen out in the cold and restricted to just 14 Premier League appearances last season, a stance fuelling rumours that with just a year left on his current contract Arsenal will look to cash in this summer.
United are at the top of a list of interested clubs, alongside the likes of Serie A giants Napoli, but have plenty of work to do yet to get a deal over the line.
The Red Devils are definitely in the market for at least one new central defender after allowing Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand to walk away, but it remains to be seen if Vermaelen can resurrect his career at Old Trafford and fill that void if a deal does indeed go through after the World Cup.
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