Despite publically denying the link as early as last week, Arsenal club captain Thomas Vermalean is believed to have agreed personal terms on a move to Manchester United and is confident of the move going through.
According to Sportsmail sources, a wage package of £100,000 pound a week is what has convinced Vermaelen to follow Robin Van Persie to Old Trafford in order to strengthen Louis Van Gaals defensive options.
Whilst Vermaelen’s advisors have been told to keep the move quiet, it is expected that the transfer will take place after the World Cup, in time for the new Premier League season in August.
Since Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny have established a formidable partnership at the heart of Arsenals defence, Vermaelen has found his chances at Arsenal limited. With only 12 months of his current contract left this is the right time for him to move on and reastablish himself in the Premier League and the Belgian national team.
Arsenals reluctance to sell yet another senior player to a direct rival has seen Manchester United’s initial approach rejected. However a fee of £11million on a player whose contract is up in a year may force Arsenal’s hand and make Thomas Vermaelen a United player as early as next week if USA can pull off an unlikely win tonight against Belgium.
United’s defence has suffered from the huge loses of captain Nemajna Vidic and long term servant Rio Ferdinand thus much needed Premier league experience could help shore up the back-line for when Van Gaal returns from Brazil.