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Barcelona to make opening bid for Arsenal defender Vermaelen

Barcelona are planning to table an offer for Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen.

The Daily Mail says Barcelona are poised to offer £10m for Vermaelen.

The Belgium international is also wanted by Manchester United and Arsenal would prefer to sell abroad but will take the highest bid with the 28-year-old valued at £12m.

United are to hold a recruitment meeting later this week.

Vermaelen has stayed silent so far this summer, but would be keen to join Barca or United.

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