Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has agreed a deal in principle to join Manchester United this summer, according to The Telegraph.
No fee has been agreed and won’t be until after the World Cup but if all goes to plan, Vermaelen will seal a move to Old Trafford.
Given that the 28-year-old only has one year left on his contract, has had multiple injury problems and was not even a start for Arsenal last season, he wouldn’t command a big fee and these reports suggest one in the region of £10m would be good enough.
His departure would follow a long line of exits from Arsenal as, one by one, their biggest players have departed the club in recent years but for United, is Vermaelen really the signing that will kick start a new era under Louis van Gaal?
If he can’t even get into Arsenal’s side, why is he good enough to make a difference at United? It’s a strange one, given that there are other options like Ezequiel Garay out there who are available but the fact he shares the same agent as Robin van Persie is believed to be a contributing factor.