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Man Utd ready to wrap up deal for Arsenal defender Vermaelen

Manchester United plan to sign Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen after the World Cup.

The Mirror says United are poised to seal the £10million capture of Vermaelen as they address the double defensive loss of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.

Vermaelen has fallen behind Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny as a first-choice central defender at Arsenal and is said to be keen for a fresh challenge.

The 28-year-old is out of contract at the end of next season and United were hoping to land him for a cut-price fee of around £6m, but Arsenal are understood to be holding out for at least £10m.

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