Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Manchester United target Thomas Vermaelen could be sold this summer.
The Frenchman was speaking ahead of the Emirates Cup, Arsenal's pre-season tournament hosted at the Emirates Stadium, when he was asked about the Belgian's future.
Manchester United interest
Manchester United are believed to be in the hunt for his services as they look to bolster their back line following the departures of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand from Old Trafford. Vermaelen has fallen down the pecking order at Arsenal behind Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny, despite the fact that he remains the Gunners' captain.
He made just 14 appearances in the Premier League last season, and was forced to fill in at left-back towards the end of the campaign.
"It is a possibility that he goes," said the Arsenal boss when asked about Vermaelen's future, while also confirming that the defender isn't fit enough to feature in the tournament this weekend.
Louis van Gaal, who took over at Manchester United after the World Cup, admitted that landing new defenders is his priority this summer, but having missed out on Stefan de Vrij to Lazio and with Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp steadfast in his belief that Mats Hummels won't be told, the Dutchman appears to have set his sights on landing Vermaelen.
It was previously reported that Arsenal had knocked back a bid of around £6 million from Manchester United in the hope of securing a fee worth almost double that.
Should Arsenal sell to Manchester United then it is likely that they will target a defensive replacement to provide back-up. Liverpool have also been linked with a move for Vermaelen, but it is the Red Devils who are in the driving seat for his signature.
The latest batch of reports claim that Vermaelen will hold talks with Arsenal over his future at the club.
The player himself has previously admitted that he is unsure over his future in north London, and would be open to a move to Old Trafford.