Arsenal have so far in the transfer window done well by bringing in two new players said to be worth well over £40 million in a space of eight days with Arsenal Boss insisting that he is far from done with his summer transfer dealings. But in a twist of event, the Gunners could end up even more busy this summer with the future of the clubs captain still in doubts.
Arsenal manager – Arsene Wenger admits that club captain Thomas Vermaelen, a target for Manchester United, could leave this sumer.
Due to a dismay string of performances, the Belgian fell behind Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny in the pecking order last term. A partnership which has since left the 28-year-old relegated to bench for the most part of last season while making solitary appearances from the bench and sometimes filling in the left-back position.
It was previously reported that an offer of around £6 million was made for Vermaelen by rivals Manchester United but was turned down by Arsenal. But now recent reports are suggesting that the Red Devils are set to increase their offer for the out-of-favour defender after having a initial bid rejected by the North London outfit.
Although The Gunners manager admitted that he “cannot guarantee” that his club captain will stay at the Emirates Stadium but he however revealed that intends to sign a replacement should the Belgian be sold
With the skipper’s future in doubt, the Gunners boss noted that he would look to sign a replacement if necessary.
Arsene Wenger When asked on Thomas Vermaelen’s future in an interview with the Arsenal’s official website said:
“I cannot guarantee that [he will stay at the club] but should he go,”
“I will bring another centre-back in for sure.”
It would be interesting to see how this turn of events will unfold, with United under new boss – Louis Van Gaal looking to recruit new stars with prior Premier league experience. It was even reported that a swap deal might be on the cards which will see United and England defender Chris Smalling plus cash deal offered in exchange for Arsenal captain and Belgian international Vermaelen.