Manchester United will look to confirm the £10m signing of Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen after the World Cup.
According to the Daily Mirror, United are increasingly confident of landing the Belgium international but will wait until after the tournament in Brazil. Belgium take on Argentina today in their quarter-final match, with a place in the semis against the winner of the Netherlands and Costa Rica up for grabs.
The asking price
Arsenal want £10m for Vermaelen, who is no longer first-choice at the Emirates Stadium, while United previously wanted a deal done for closer to £6m.
But Louis Van Gaal is prepared to up his offer to complete the signing as United desperately need defensive reinforcements in the wake of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand's departures.
Vermaelen out of favour
The Arsenal defender has slipped behind Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny in the pecking order at the Emirates and he wants first-team football next season.
With just one year left on his contract, United had hoped to negotiate a cheaper deal for the centre-back, but Arsenal are holding firm and will look for the full £10m asking price.
World Cup delay
Should Belgium be eliminated by Argentina this evening, United hope to speed up the deal and get everything announced as soon as possible. They've wasted little time wrapping up transfers for Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, and a new centre-back is the next most pressing need for Van Gaal to address.
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