I am sure that when news broke that Arsenal’s captain Thomas Vermaelen had agree a move to switch the Emirates for the Nou Camp, many Arsenal fans where not surprised but rather expecting to know the player that will replace him.
Manchester City defender Matija Nastasić could be leaving the Etihad after just two seasons at the club. The 21-year old, who struggled to get into the City side last season, has Arsenal, Inter Milan and Roma interested in him, with Arsenal appearing to be clear favourites.
The Manchester City defender, who signed for the club in 2012, has reportedly been put up for sale by manager Manuel Pellegrini.
Nastasić is expected to be sold or loaned out once the long-awaited transfer of Eliaquim Mangala is completed, which could be confirmed in the next 48 hours. A move to Inter Milan or Roma would see the player return to the Serie A, after joining City from Fiorentina in a player + money exchange that saw Stefan Savić move in the opposite direction.
Arsenal are expected to bring in a replacement for club captain Thomas Vermaelen, who has been linked with Barcelona and Manchester United. But recent reports making the rounds today suggests that the Spanish Giants; Barcelona have peeped Manchester United to the signature of the Gunners skipper after the Belgian had reportedly turned down offers from the Red Devils, favouring a move abroad to the Nuo Camo outfit.
Now Daniel Agger and Nastasić are supposedly Wenger’s two top targets, despite signing Calum Chambers from Southampton and saying that he will convert the right-back to play as a central defender and/or as a defensive midfielder.
The news comes as Wenger also confirms that German trio Per Mertesacker, Mesut Özil and Lukas Podolski will miss the Community Shield final on Sunday, as well as the opening game of the season, a setback which leaves the Gunners short in defence going into the new season.
Should Wenger hasten moves for the Manchester City man or should Le prof turn his attention to other targets?