The Daily Mail claims Arsenal would prefer to sell Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona, but there is hope for Manchester United of doing a deal.
The paper suggests that while that would be Arsene Wenger’s preference, the club are still willing to sell to any side that comes in with a higher offer than the £10 million Barcelona are thought to be willing to pay.
“The Belgium international is also wanted by Manchester United and Arsenal would prefer to sell abroad but will take the highest bid with the 28-year-old valued at £12m,” writes Simon Jones.
Arsenal wanting to sell abroad shouldn’t be a major surprise to United fans because considering their side’s struggles last season, they are still a threat to the big teams in the Premier League.
Louis van Gaal already seems to have had the effect of injecting belief into this United side, which was evident in their ICC Cup final win against Liverpool; a match where they were under heavy pressure for the majority of the game.
Should United offer that £12 million price, then it will further test the resources available to Barcelona following a big spending summer.
Barca did a deal with Liverpool for Luis Suarez worth £75 million and have also invested in players like Jeremy Mathieu from Valencia in a deal which has been valued at €20 million.
In short, United have the room to be able to financially outmuscle the Spanish giants, thanks to the club’s commercial network around the world, which was demonstrated via the tremendous support they received recently in the USA.
One of the areas of the current squad, which still needs an extra player is the centre of defence, especially if van Gaal is going to persist with a system which is based around using three centre-backs in the heart of the backline.
Borussia Dortmund Mats Hummels was thought to be the primary target for United, but the German has said he’s staying put and has been tipped to replace Seb Kehl as his side’s next skipper.
Vermaelen would be a good signing for United and they still have room to manoeuvre and pull off a deal.