Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is eager to get Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen through the Old Trafford door.

The Daily Star Sunday says Van Gaal will revive United's bid for Arsenal's Vermaelen this week.

Central defender Vermaelen, 28, can also play left-back, and that is key in Van Gaal's long-term plans.

He wants to work with a small squad of 22 players and that means several of his side will need to be able to play in more than one position.

Arsenal want £12m for Vermaelen and United have so far offered £6m.

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