Barcelona are launching a bid for Manchester United target Thomas Vermaelen. The Sunday Mirror says Barcelona have emerged as favourites to land Arsenal skipper Vermaelen for £10million.

The Spanish giants' new coach boss Luis Enrique believes that the defender will be perfect for his re-building job at the Camp Nou.

Although Manchester United are keen on the 28-year-old Belgium international, Arsenal would prefer him to move to Spain rather than to a Premier League rival.

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