Arsenal eyeing Matija Nastasic as Thomas Vermaelen replacement

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Arsenal could make a move for Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic, according to The Daily Mail. 

The report has indicated that Arsene Wenger has identified Nastasic, who have been valued at £16 million, as the man he wants to replace Manchester United target Thomas Vermaelen this summer.

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It remains to be seen, however, as to whether the Gunners hierarchy allow their club-captain to leave for United in this window, but it appears they will move quickly to replace him should he depart the Emirates. 

The same report has suggested that Nastasic’s future at the Citizens is unclear, with the club set to sign Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala in the near future. And, while Arsenal have expressed interest in the centre-half, it appears that they may have to battle Italian outfit Roma for the player's signature. 

It's uncertain as to whether Nastasic would want a move to north London, as he would have to dislodge the likes of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny in order to secure first-team football at the Emirates. 


With Belgian star Vermalen set to enter the final 12-months of his current deal with the Gunners, it's no surprise that Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has identified him as the man he wants to help steady the ship at Old Trafford. 

The Red Devils have lost a number of experienced defenders in recent time, including the likes of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, meaning Vermaelen's experience could help the youngsters shine at the Theatre of Dreams over the coming years. 

Manchester United only have Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling competing for places in the centre of defence, so Vermaelen could play a key role for the club if Van Gaal lands him.


However, there's one other twist in the Vermaelen link to Manchester United, with the same report from The Mail suggesting that Wenger is seriously considering a player-swap deal with United. 

And it appears that two of the players on Wenger's radar are two of United's centre-backs, Jones and Smalling. It remains to be seen as to whether the Arsenal chief steps up his interest in the Manchester United duo, or if he makes a move for Nastasic. 

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