Transfer Bin: Thomas Vermaelen to Manchester United

Transfer Bin

Arsenal defender linked with surprise Manchester United switch, but this one belongs in our Transfer Bin.

Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen continues to be linked away from The Emirates, but the latest touted destination is a little surprising.

The Sun report that the 'misfit' is a top target for David Moyes as he seeks to replace Nemanja Vidic at Manchester United.

They draw on his friendship with Robin van Persie and the fact the pair share the same agent as reasoning behind a supposed move.

Yet the Belgian is unlikely to be drawn to Old Trafford for a number of reasons, first of all a switch to a rival club - having seen in which negative regard his predecessor for the Arsenal captaincy is held among the club's support.

It has also been widely reported that Van Persie is keen for a move away from Old Trafford this summer. 

If this is the case, then expecting Vermaelen to move to the club is a flawed theory, unless Moyes is looking at doing so in order to try to keep the Dutchman, which seems unlikely.

The Scotsman's no nonsense demeanour would indicate he would not make such a signing simply to appease the top scorer.

While if Van Persie is unhappy, particularly with Moyes, convincing Vermaelen to join him likely won't be easy.

Vermaelen, 28, is a talented yet error prone defender, as illustrated in Arsenal's win over Everton at the weekend, but has suffered from being frozen out. His lack of regular football makes him far from an obvious choice for United to pin their defensive hopes on.

He would add cover to United, should Moyes want the trio of Jones, Smalling and Evans to find a way to thrive, but he is not the first choice star fans of the Red Devils may crave, in the calibre of Mats Hummels of Borussia Dortmund.

Then there is Arsene Wenger's likely reluctance to sell another player to a rival, who could yet come back to haunt them. This is one 'transfer' we don't foresee coming to fruition this summer.

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