After losing out their right back Bacary Sagna to Manchester City, Arsenal are all set to offload their club captain and centre back Thomas Vermaelen to the red side of Manchester.

Vermaelen, who signed for the Gunners from Ajax in 2009 has a year left in his contract. He started his career at the Emirates Stadium with a bang and was hampered by injuries that saw him lose his first team place to Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertasacker.

Vermaelen also shares the same agent as his predecessor at Arsenal, Robin Van Persie is very keen to revive his career at Old Trafford under Manchester United’s new manager Louis Van Gaal. United are in pursuit of central defenders as Rio Ferdinand and Nejamja Vidic have ended their spell at United.

Vermaelen earns around £70,000-a-week with Arsenal and it is understood that he has verbally agreed a deal with United that would see him pocket around £100,000-a-week.

Arsenal are unlikely to stop their captain from joining their rivals and are expecting a transfer fee of not more than £10million for Vermaelen with only a year remaining on his contract.

After the departure of Vermaelen and Sagna, Arsene Wenger is lining up a number of defenders including Steven Caulker and Virgil Van Dijk. With Joel Campbell returning home after his loan to Olympiackos, Arsenal will look to go all out for a defensive midfielder and a world class striker.


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