Arsenal Skipper ‘Agrees £100k-A-Week Deal’ To Join Manchester United

By on June 16, 2014

As we approach the opening of the summer window clubs will be intensifying their efforts in the transfer market so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip. Today, Thomas Vermaelen is linked with Manchester United.

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Arsenal fans could be set for yet more heartbreak with the Telegraph claiming that skipper Thomas Vermaelen has agreed a £100,000-a-week deal to join Manchester United this summer.

After an impressive start to his Arsenal career following his move from Ajax in 2009,Vermaelen has since lost his place in the starting eleven and has been forced to watch from the sidelines for much of the last 18 months.

In his absence, Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny have struck up an excellent partnership at the back to become Arsene Wenger’s first choice pairing, leaving the Belgian international out in the cold and his lack of action has led to suggestions he’ll look for a move this summer.

It appears he’s been offered the chance to remain in England with the Telegraph claiming that the 28-year-old is preparing to leave the Emirates after agreeing a deal in principal to join Man Utd believed to be worth £100,000-a-week.

The newspaper states that so far no fee has been agreed with Arsenal but with the defender about to enter the final year of his contract and no extension likely to be signed, United can expect to pay around £10m for his services.

Vermaelen is currently away in Brazil with the Belgian squad but it’s understood he wants his future resolved as quickly as possible once the tournament ends and it’s believed that his agent – who also brokered Robin van Persie’s move to Old Trafford two years ago – has played a key role in striking a deal with United.

New United boss Louis van Gaal is expected to be busy in the transfer market this summer and with Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic both leaving, a centre-back is on the agenda and it appears the Dutch boss has identified Vermaelen as the man he wants.

The Belgian would bring plenty of experience with him if he does make the move to Manchester and although he’s not been at his best over the past two years, it’s understood van Gaal is confident he can get the player back playing his best football again.

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While Vermaelen is no longer considered a first team regular, his departure to United would be yet another body blow to Arsenal fans who’ve had to watch several players join their rivals in recent years, and the news comes just days after former captain Cesc Fabregas joined Chelsea and long-serving right-back Bacary Sagna agreed to join Manchester City.

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