Arsenal have rejected a bid from Manchester United for club captain Thomas Vermaelen, according to The Mirror.
The report has indicated that the Red Devils are nowhere near the Gunners' valuation for the Belgian international, with suggestions being made that Arsene Wenger is now ready to offer the player a new deal to stay with the club.
It remains to be seen, however, as to whether Manchester United are ready to up their offer in this transfer window as they look to improve their back-line.
VERMAELEN AT ARSENAL
Despite being Wenger's captain, Vermaelen has struggled for opportunities in recent time. The defender hasn't been able to replace duo Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker in the first team for some time.
And, with the 28-year-old having just one year left on his current deal with the club, it's no surprise that he's attracting interest. It appears though, despite being seen as a back-up, the Arsenal chief has been impressed with the player's attitude, which is why he's ready to keep him in north London.
As well as Manchester United, it appears that Italian outfit Napoli are ready to offer the player an escape route from the Emirates. Rafa Benitez's side have been credited with interest in the Arsenal man for some time, but it remains to be seen as to whether they will move forward with a bid.
Manchester United, on the other hand, seem ready to take another Arsenal captain to Old Trafford. The Red Devils landed Dutchman Robin van Persie from north London in 2012, and could now bring his former teammate to the club.
WOULD HE FIT?
Manchester United are certainly in need of defensive recruitments after the loss of experienced duo Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic. Van Gaal does, however, have the likes of Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones at his disposal ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.
If he was to bring Vermaelen to the club, then the Belgian ace would add much needed experience to United's back-line. The player's injury problems may be a concern for the new United boss, but he's seemingly willing to overlook that problem.
It's uncertain as to whether the Manchester United hierarchy would have been put off by the Vermaelen price tag. The player, himself, has already been sounded out by Manchester United representatives, so could still be on his way to Manchester.
Wenger, however, seemingly has other ideas and will hope he can talk his captain into staying with the club.
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