According to The Telegraph, Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has agreed a deal in principle to join Manchester United from Arsenal after the World Cup in Brazil.

Vermaelen has just one year left in his contract at the Emirates, but has found himself out of the first team with Arsene Wenger instead preferring the partnership of Laurent Koscienly and Per Mertesacker.

Vermaelen is currently earning £70,000-a-week and a move to Old Trafford will increase his wages to £100,000-a-week. Arsenal are expected to receive a fee of around £10m.

The 28-year-old, who has been at Arsenal for five years after signing from Dutch club Ajax started off well for the Gunners but lost his place in the team due to injuries. Vermaelen’s agent has told the BBC that ‘no deal is in place with United or any other club’. The 28-year-old is preparing for the World Cup in Brazil.

Recently in an interview, Vermaelen revealed he is not concerned by his lack of football going into the competition in Brazil.

Vermaelen: “I’ve a lot of experience of sitting on the bench then coming back so I’m not worried about being match fit.

“There is still plenty of preparation time for the World Cup and I will have the chance to play in a few friendly games before the tournament starts.

“A lot of people are talking about this Belgium team and wondering how we will do in Brazil.

“We are stepping into unknown territory. Only one player in our squad has experience of it.

“For the rest of us, it will be the first time and we go there with ambition.

“I am not thinking beyond that. Next season is the future and we will see about that.”

Earlier this week, Bacary Sagna left Arsenal for Manchester City. Wenger will be looking for defensive define reinforcements, with Toulouse right back Serge Aurier and Cardiff’s Steven Caulker top of the list. Arsenal are also looking at Everton right back Seamus Coleman and Southampton‘s Calum Chambers.




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