Five top targets that Man United missed out on.
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5) Thomas Vermaelen
Strongly linked with Manchester United for much of this summer, Thomas Vermaelen has now completed the move from Arsenal to Barcelona. With Louis van Gaal desperate to bring in new signings at centre-back, the Belgian international looked a good option on the cheap after falling out of favour at the Emirates Stadium. Still, the Gunners will be pleased to have sold him abroad instead of to one of their title rivals, and Vermaelen becomes the latest big-name target to get away from United in recent times. There may sitll be better options available to United in the transfer market, but this will go down as a frustration for the club after seemingly lengthy negotiations.