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Man Utd push to close deal for Arsenal defender Vermaelen this week

Manchester United are set to sign Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen in the coming days. The Daily Star Sunday says United will be back in for Arsenal's skipper this week with a £10million bid.

New United boss Louis van Gaal sees the Belgium defender as a key signing.

Van Gaal is in the market for a centre-back but Vermaelen would also provide cover at left-back for Luke Shaw, 19, with Patrice Evra, 33, expected to join Juventus.

And as Vermaelen, 28, has only a year remaining on his contract and is no longer an automatic first choice at The Emirates, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is expected to sanction the deal.

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