New United manager Louis Van Gaal will have his work cut out rebuilding the Reds defence as Arsene Wenger plays hard ball over the transfer of Thomas Vermaelen.
Vermaelen is seen by LVG as the ideal experienced replacement for the likes of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand but it seems the Arsenal boss is reluctant to let his former skipper leave the Emirates without a fight.
The Independent notes:
Manchester United’s attempts to rebuild their central defence have been thwarted by Arsenal’s manager, Arsène Wenger, who has not yet agreed to sanction Thomas Vermaelen’s departure to Old Trafford.
….Wenger knows that vetoing the Belgian’s move north risks Arsenal losing him on a free transfer when he is out of contract next summer, the move has been blocked so far.
Vermaelen would seem like an ideal candidate to bring some vital Premier League experience to the Reds’ defence. Whether Wenger is willing to let his defender leave is another matter, but the fact Arsenal have just splashed out over £30 million on Alexis Sanchez may force the Gunners to part with Vermaelen before his contract runs out.