Arsenal to Secure £10.5m Centre Back Move on Friday

Arsene closes in on first signing of the summer.

The Rumour

Sports News - November 27, 2008

Arsenal’s deal for Ajax defender Thomas Vermaelen remains in place.

The Gunners have agreed a fee of £10 million with Ajax for the Belgium international.

Talk over the move has gone quiet in recent days, but Dutch sources say that is down to Vermaelen, who is currently away on holiday.

On Friday he will be back in Amsterdam to prepare for his move to London.

A representative of Vermaelen declared: “It’s a question of when, not whether.”

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The Analysis

It appeared to many that the Ajax captain was about to sign for the Emirates outfit last week but then it all went quiet and if that is simply because he was on holiday then I am sure Arsenal fans will be pleased.

He will be a very useful signing as and when he is announced and it really does seem that it’s only a case of when and not if for Vermaelen. The 23 year old centre back and sometime left flank man could be just the ticket and he fits the bill in many ways as a potential Wenger signing in the sense that he is not a household name but is well respected by those in the know (and I don’t mean me!).

The Likelihood

Vermaelen to Arsenal: Should be signed up before pre-season kicks off.

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