Manchester United have received a boost in their chase for Thomas Vermaelen as rivals for his signature, Barcelona, are closing in on another option.
Reports this week had claimed that the Camp Nou club were ready to rival their counterparts at Old Trafford in the chase for the Arsenal club captain, who looks almost certain to be sold this
New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal would have been worried about Barcelona’s interest, as Arsenal would likely prefer to sell the Belgium international to a foreign club over Premier League rivals.
However, it looks as though Arsene Wenger will have to do that if he wants to offload Vermaelen, as Van Gaal was given a boost in his pursuit after reports in Spain claimed Barcelona were confident of landing this prime target in this window.
Mundo Deportivo claim that Camp Nou officials are confident of landing Marquinhos from PSG this summer, even though the Ligue 1 champions are reluctant to sell him.
After signing David Luiz from Chelsea in a £50million deal, Laurent Blanc may be under pressure to sell and the young Brazilian signed from AS Roma last summer has failed to properly break into the PSG team and that he is desperate to move to Barcelona.
Need more years
Meanwhile, Manchester United’s interest in Vermaelen is likely to do with them wanting to inject some experience into their defensive ranks after the loss of Rio Ferdinand, Nemnaja Vidic and Patrice Evra this summer.
Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans are all options to step up after the departures of the veterans, but consistency of performance and regular playing time in the centre-back position are both problems for their new Dutch manager.