The Frenchman says Vermaelen could be on his way out.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has given renewed hope to Manchester United’s pursuit of club captain Thomas Vermaelen by revealing the defender could well be leaving the Emirates Stadium this summer.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) August 1, 2014
According to reports in the Independent the Red Devils are closing in on Vermaelen after the Belgium international held crunch talks with Wenger over his future in North London.
United have been keeping tabs on the 28-year-old for some time as they search for defensive recruitment this summer following the departure of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic to QPR and Inter Milan respectively.
New boss Louis van Gaal has admitted that additions at the back remain a priority and it now seems as if a deal for Vermaelen could well be completed.
The skipper of the North Londoners has grown disillusioned over the past couple of years after falling down the pecking order for a place in the starting XI.
Wenger prefers the partnership of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker at the back and as a result Vermaelen has found first team opportunities hard to come by and don’t be surprised if United make a swoop for the Belgian after these comments from the 64-year-old.