Reports emerging this morning pointed out that Manchester United are ready to submit a bid for Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen. But the latest news which is doing the rounds is that the 28 year old Belgian defender has already agreed a deal in principle to move to Old Trafford.
It would certainly come as a blow for a majority of Arsenal after they have already seen their former skipper Cesc Fabregas complete a move to Chelsea and Bacary Sagna seal a move to Manchester City.
It is being said that Vermaelen, who earns around £70,000-a-week has verbally arrived onto a conclusion that he will earn up to £100,000-a-week at Old Trafford.
But, the biggest questions which lingers is – Is Thomas Vermaelen good enough for Manchester United?
The 28 year old Belgium International apart from having a good amount of experience, is also versatile at the back. Being a left sided centre back, Vermaelen has the ability to feature as a defensive minded left back as well. Of course, he won’t be as good as Luke Shaw or Patrice Evra in that particular position.
Having formerly played for Dutch Champions and the so called youth factory Ajax, the defender has currently got 47 International caps to his name and his often regarded as the best Belgian defender of this generation.
Even on being a centre-back, Vermaelen has scored 13 times for Arsenal and considering United’s floundering defecse, he can be someone who acts as a “missing piece in the jigsaw” in the heart of the defence.
Out of all other Louis van Gaal’s defensive targets, he’s the most well established and experienced. Although, he was dropped by Arsene Wenger for committing too many defensive errors but acknowledged the fact that he’s a bit error prone but has improved since. He has seen himself fall downwards in the pecking order to Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny but is increasingly coming of age.
He’s been a regular starter in Marc Wilmot’s Belgian side and along with Vincent Kompany, he has established a a reputation for being a defensive wall, clearing doubts and obscurities about his credibilities.
Most Arsenal fans won’t object an outcast player moving to an age old rival, like what happened in RVP’s case. So, a £15 million move would suit us and the player involved.
Moreover, much like good old Vidic, he’s a player who loves to head into crunching tackles and being no-nonsense in his approach is a trademark of his. His tendency to pop up with goals is also an intriguing quality of his.
Let’s see how this one pans out.