Arsene Wenger eyes Thomas Vermaelen replacement in transfer roundup

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Arsene Wenger admits the sale of Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona could force Arsenal back into the transfer market, but insists that summer signing Calum Chambers can offset the departure of their former captain. (

The 19-year-old impressed at centre-back in the Gunners 3-0 Community Shield win over Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday, and following his £16m switch from Southampton has been tipped for a big future in north London.

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Despite Chambers' impressive early showing Wenger will look to bring in another central defender as cover in a key area of his team, with Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny still expected to be the Frenchman's first-choice pairing this season.

Arsenal have been credited with an interest in Liverpool's Daniel Agger and Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels but remain some way off luring either player to the Emirates.

Alternatively the Gunners boss might look to add another utility man capable of operating in a number of different positions - including central defence.

Arsenal transfer gossip:

Arsenal's hopes of signing Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic could be boosted by the arrival of Eliaquim Mangala at the Etihad Stadium. (Manchester Evening News)

The 21-year-old could follow Joleon Lescott out of the exit door this summer, and Arsene Wenger is keen to recruit him as a replacement for Thomas Vermaelen.

Ashley Williams has revealed that he never wanted to leave Swansea City after recently committing his future to the club by signing a new four-year deal. (GiveMeSport)

The Wales international - who was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal - claims he always saw his future in south Wales, despite speculation regarding his future.

Arsenal face competition from north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur for the services of Liverpool defender Daniel Agger this summer. (Herts & Essex Observer)

The Denmark international has been heavily linked with a £12 million move away from Anfield this summer, and the Gunners are one of a number of clubs preparing bids for his signature.

Arsenal look set to miss out on the signing of Rochdale starlet Johny Diba as Chelsea close in on a deal for the 16-year-old goalkeeper. (Daily Star)

The talented teenager has been monitored by a host of Premier League clubs this summer, and is being tipped for a bright future in the professional game.

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