Arsenal hold Thomas Vermaelen talks to stop Manchester United transfer

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Thomas Vermaelen is set to hold showdown talks with Arsenal before deciding on a potential transfer to Manchester United, according to Sky Sports.

The defender will return to his club side following Belgium's elimination from the World Cup with plenty of questions to answer about his future. He's believed to be a target for Manchester United, who are eyeing up making a £10 million bid as they look to add options at the back.

Rival transfer

Vermaelen admitted yesterday that he was unsure who he would be playing for next season, although according to Sky Sports, Arsenal are keen to ward off interest in him and offer a new contract.

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“I really do not know where I will play, Arsenal or elsewhere next season," he told the Evening Standard.


According to Sky Sports he will meet with Gunners' officials to talk through his future shortly - but it seems likely he could be on his way to Manchester United. The 28-year-old made just eight starts for Arsenal last season because of the presence of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny despite being club captain, and would like regular first team football.

Whether he would get that at Manchester United remains to be seen but reports continue to suggest that Louis van Gaal wants him at Old Trafford for next season. Vermaelen only has one year remaining on his current contract so holds the key to his future, and according to Sky Sports would favour a move north.


Manchester United are on the lookout for defensive options following the departure of both Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand at the end of their contracts. Mats Hummels is said to be the preferred target for Van Gaal, but the Dutchman is also interested in a deal for the Arsenal man as an alternative.

Done deal?

It has previously been reported that Manchester United have had an offer of £6 million rejected already, but Arsenal will do business for an extra £4 million.

If they do wrap up the deal shortly, Vermaelen would be the Red Devils' third major signing of the summer behind Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw.

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