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Arsenal urge Barcelona, Napoli to bid for Vermaelen

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is happy to sell Thomas Vermaelen this summer.

The Sun says Wenger wants to strengthen his defence but is prepared to let Vermaelen go.

The Belgian - who is Arsenal's club captain - is attracting interest from Barcelona and Napoli.

Vermaelen lost his place at the heart of the backline to Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny over the last couple of months.

The Gunners leaked just five goals in their final 11 matches.

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