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Wenger Keen On Man Utd Duo As Arsenal Propose Defender Swap Deal

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wants either Phil Jones or Chris Smalling PLUS some cash from Manchester United in exchange for skipper Thomas Vermaelen this summer

The summer transfer window is now open for business and it’s expected to be a busy few weeks as managers strengthen their squads ahead of next season, so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip. Today, Arsenal are keen on two Man Utd defenders in exchange for Thomas Vermaelen.


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wants either Phil Jones or Chris Smalling PLUS some cash from Manchester United in exchange for Thomas Vermaelen this summer, according to reports today.

The Belgian defender has been forced to sit on the sidelines for much of the last 18 months after losing his place in Wenger’s starting eleven mid-way through the 2012/13 season following a disastrous display away at Tottenham.

This lack of regular action is expected to see the 28-year-old leave the Emirates this summer and as the defender has just entered the final year of his contract, the Gunners will be forced to cash-in rather than risk losing him for nothing in 12 months time.

Manchester United have been strongly linked with a move over the past few weeks and have already seen one approach rejected last month, but are confident they will eventually get their man as they believe Vermaelen wants to move to Old Trafford.

New boss Louis van Gaal is on the look out for an experienced centre-back after seeing both Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic leave this summer and Vermaelen would fit the bill nicely.

United are believed to be lining-up an improved offer worth £10m, and while that could be tempting for Arsenal considering the player is in the last 12 months of his contract, the Mirror claim that Wenger wants either Phil Jones or Chris Smalling plus some cash in exchange for Vermaelen.

This way, the Frenchman would have a ready-made replacement and Arsenal were previously linked with both Jones and Smalling before they moved to Old Trafford.

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It remains to be seen whether van Gaal will be prepared to let either player leave but given his lack of options in central defence, it would be a surprise, so a straight cash deal remains the most likely outcome.



  1. wasswa Naswifu

    July 22, 2014 at 9:30 am

    It will be a good deal to get some cash and a player to arsenal.

  2. Cecil chamberlain

    July 22, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Not a bad idea but man utd won’t do the risk of adding smalling or Jones to the deal

  3. Muwanguzi David

    July 22, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Plaer plus cash? How much does Wenger think Vermaleen is worth? Somebody who is third choice defender in Arsenal and at hte age of 26 0r 27. Phil Jones should be costing more than Vermaleen and then you talk of Phil Jones plus cash for Vermaleen?

    • Big D

      July 22, 2014 at 10:45 am

      Agreed. No way on earth would we include Jones at all and money and Smalling? Not gonna happen

    • noble ubosiogu

      July 22, 2014 at 11:29 am

      united suppose to b happy dat Arsenal want to pack those dustbin 4 them,Vermelen hav captain Ajax,Arsenal nd national team.ok

      • Big D

        July 22, 2014 at 11:31 am

        He’s also 28 with one year left on his contract and doesn’t even get a game for you. Ok?

  4. bc

    July 22, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Arsenal should offer vermaelen plus cash and take both players. We would then get cover for 3 areas Rb, Cb and dm. All we need then is a keeper (ospina) and could spend really big on another forward either cavani, falcao, Rodriguez, di maria or reus.

    We could bring some further cash in by off loading permanently or on loan some of martinez, Jenkinson, miquel, coquelin and ryo and still have room in the 25 man squad.

  5. Abuzeee

    July 22, 2014 at 10:49 am

    well vermalen does not worth can a third choice defender worth ten million pounce talk of a swap and a cash.I think the best option is for a straight cash period.

  6. Trashme

    July 22, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Jones ok squad player, but Smalling?! they guy is shockingly poor, it would be like bringing back a one legged Djorou. Would cost us top 4 spot for sure

  7. philip makus

    July 22, 2014 at 11:39 am

    just swap vermaleen n smalling. No cash except if Arsenal is to add to united

    • Al

      July 22, 2014 at 12:56 pm

      I personally think that wenger is crazy or his degree in economics or whatever was a fake one, how on earth can he even think of Player plus cash for vanmerlen.

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