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Arsenal “On Verge” of £10m Centre Back Signing

Wenger targets Belgian defender.

The Rumour

ARSENAL boss Arsene Wenger was last night on the verge of sealing a £10million deal for Ajax star Thomas Vermaelen.
The 21-cap Belgium centre-half, 23, is considered one of the top defenders in the Dutch Eredivisie.

And SunSport understands Gunners chiefs were trying to thrash out a deal with Ajax general manager Rik Van Der Boog.

An Ajax insider said: “It’s true. He’s a very good player and could certainly be a success at Arsenal.”

The Source: (The Sun)

This story is doing the rounds today and if it’s true then it’s not a bad move by the Gunners boss. The 23 year old centre back is a talented player who has become the mainstay of the Ajax backline in the past three years. Former Spurs boss Martin Jol took over at the Dutch giants last week and will not want to see the Belgian leave.

Arsene Wenger needs to freshen up his defence and seems very likely to offload William Gallas and Mikel Silvestre and may see Vermaelen as a player with the right combination of youth and experience. Even if the Arsenal boss loses the two players mentioned they will still have the solid Kolo Toure and youngster Johann Djourou to field as a centre back pairing and the north London club also has Phillipe Senderos returning from his season on loan at AC Milan.

The Likelihood

Vermaelen to Arsenal: Some sources are quoting this as a done deal and others say its not going to happen. I would opt for the later.

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