Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has told friends that he wants to join Manchester United after this summer's World Cup, according to The Daily Mail.
The centre-back, who is currently in Brazil with the Belgium national squad, has been the subject of interest from the Red Devils in recent time.
Reports have indicated that new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal wants to bring the experienced defender to Old Trafford, with the club having to pay as much as £12 million for the player's services.
It appears that Vermaelen's representatives have already agreed personal terms with the club, ahead of a transfer switch. Manchester United do, however, have to agree a fee with the Gunners for their captain, with reports suggesting the Red Devils will not make an official bid until after the World Cup.
It remains to be seen as to whether the United hierarchy can tie up a deal with Arsenal chief's for the defender, but the Red Devils certainly appear confident in landing him.
Another Arsenal captain
If Manchester United secure Vermaelen's signature, then the signing will represent the second Arsenal captain to jump ship from the Emirates to Old Trafford in two years.
Robin van Persie left north London for Manchester in the summer of 2012, and now his former teammate could join him at the Theatre of Dreams.
Despite the circumstances being very different, any Vermaelen deal to United won't go down well with fans of the Gunners. Van Persie of course left in the prime of his career and was a regular in Wenger's side. Vermaelen, in contrast, has struggled for opportunities at the club, having lost his place in the side to Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker in recent time.
Despite this, Gunners fans won't want to see him in the red of Manchester United.
Vermaelen at Old Trafford
If Vermaelen does join Van Gaal at Manchester United, will he become a regular in the first-team? In truth, what would be the point in him switching Arsenal's bench for Manchester United's?
The Red Devils have of course lost the experienced duo of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vicic, meaning the club are in need of an experienced figure head to marshall their back-line.
At Old Trafford, the Belgian man will have to compete with the English duo Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, as well as Jonny Evans. Perhaps, then, Vermaelen will find a new lease of life at Manchester United.
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