Thomas Vermaelen tight-lipped over Manchester United switch

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Thomas Vermaelen has refused to comment on speculation linking him with a shock move to Manchester United this summer.

The defender is currently away with Belgium at the World Cup, but speculation is rife that he's abut to swap north London for Manchester. 

Vermaelen may still be captain of Arsenal but his game-time was severely limited last term because of the emergence of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny as a formidable partnership at the back for the Gunners.

Old Trafford bound?

He did at least lift the FA Cup after Arsenal's win against Hull at Wembley in May - and that could well be his last duty for the Gunners with Manchester United linked with a shock swoop.

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According to reports the deal worth around £12 million is all but done - not that the Arsenal man was willing to talk about it during a press conference ahead of Belgium's next game against Russia.

When asked about a potential switch to Manchester United, he responded: My focus is on the World Cup. My future will be decided after the World Cup."

Former glory

Given his lack of first team action, it will hardly come as a surprise to Arsenal fans that Vermaelen could leave this summer. However the fact that he could be on his way to Manchester United has certainly raised a few eyebrows in north London.

The Red Devils are certainly in need of defensive reinforcements following the departure of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand. That leaves Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling as their options at the back, but it's safe to assume that Vermaelen will only be on his way to Old Trafford if he's given certain assurances about how much playing time he will get.

Shrewd signing?

Equally, it is easy to forget how good a defender he can be. The 28-year-old has had a tough time of it in recent months thanks to some high-profile gaffes and being played out of position, but when he first arrived at Arsenal he looked to be a top class centre-back whom Arsene Wenger could build a team around. 

If Louis van Gaal can restore him to that level, then Vermaelen could be one shrewd signing indeed.

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