Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has begged his club to let him join Manchester United this summer, according to The Metro.
The Belgian defender, who has emerged as a surprise target for new Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal, has told Arsene Wenger that he wants to depart the north London outfit in the up coming market.
The £10 million rated ace is seemingly ready to join the Old Trafford outfit, as he looks to kick-start his career. The 28-year-old has struggled in the past couple of years at the Emirates, having lost his place in the first team to Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.
And now it appears that his time at the north London outfit is coming to an end, with a move to Old Trafford on the cards.
Any potential transfer wouldn't go down well with fans of the Emirates outfit, as they could lose yet another captain to the Red Devils in a matter of years.
In the summer of 2012, striker Robin van Persie departed the club for United, and consequently won the Premier League title in his debut season with the club.
Will Vermaelen start at United?
Vermalen is in need of a new challenge, as he's clearly become disillusioned with the lack of playing time at the Emirates.
However, is it a certainty that he will be a starter under Van Gaal? Manchester United have lost experienced duo Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, so they are in need of someone to marshall their back-line.
Perhaps, then, Vermaelen can be United's No.1 defender alongside either of Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.
In truth, the likes of Jones and Smalling haven't progressed in recent time, meaning Vermaelen could help their development.
Potential Van Gaal signings
Vermaelen could well be the first signing under the new regime at Old Trafford. However, a number of other players have been linked with a switch to the Theatre of Dreams.
The Red Devils have been in the market for a left-back for some time now, and it appears that England teenager Luke Shaw is high up on Van Gaal's priority list.
Midfield is also an area that the club have struggled in for a long while now and many have tipped the new boss to add to his options. The likes of Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley and Marouane Fellaini have all proved inconsistent over the past year, meaning the club must invest in the middle of the park.
The likes of Kevin Strootman and Bastian Schweinsteiger have been linked with a summer move to Old Trafford and it remains to be seen as to whether Van Gaal can land either of them in the near future.
It's certainly expected to be a busy summer at Manchester United and a number of new faces could arrive through the Old Trafford gates before the start of the 2014/15 campaign.
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