Wenger admits the Red Devils are trying to sign the captain.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that Manchester United are indeed interested in signing club captain Thomas Vermaelen.
Wenger: “Vermaelen could leave us because he needs to play now. We’re in a position where it’s difficult to stand in his way”#AFCvMCFC
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However, the 64-year-old has also admitted that whilst United are interested, he would prefer to sell the Belgium international to a foreign club and not a direct rival.
“Manchester United are part of the group (of bidders). He could leave,” Wenger was quoted by Goal.
“We have offers from abroad and ideally I would rather sell him to a club abroad.”
Vermaelen’s position at the Emirates Stadium has been in question for some time, ever since the 28-year-old lost his place as a regular in the Gunners starting XI.
Wenger prefers the central defensive partnership of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker currently and it meant that the Belgian was limited to just 14 Premier League appearances in 2013/14.
United have been keeping tabs on Vermaelen as they look to improve at the back following the departure of both Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic this summer.
The Telegraph reports that FC Barcelona are also keen on the Belgian though and it looks as if Wenger would prefer the Catalans if it came down to a straight choice.
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