Manchester United and Barcelona are going head-to-head for Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen. The Daily Star says United have turned to the unsettled Arsenal defender after failing to agree a fee for World Cup winner Mats Hummels.

But the Old Trafford outfit will have to fend-off strong interest from Barca if boss Louis van Gaal is to land Vermaelen.

The Spanish giants are poised to make a £10m bid for the Belgium international, who wants to leave the Gunners due to lack of game time.

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