Top-class star linked with big Arsenal business

Atletico Madrid are looking into the possibility of a summer swoop for Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen.

The Belgian centre-back has found his playing time limited at the Emirates Stadium this season as boss Arsene Wenger prefers to use Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker instead.

That has led to concerns that the 28-year-old’s place in Belgium’s World Cup squad could be in danger.

A summer move is expected and [football] direct news understands that ambitious Atletico are ready to rival any interest from the Premier league or Serie A.

Manchester United and Napoli are both heavily linked with a summer move for the Belgian although Wenger remains hopeful of keeping hold of his club captain.

Should a bid come from Atletico, who are closing the gap on Barcelona and Real Madrid at the top of LA Liga, then the Gunners will have trouble retaining Vermaelen’s services. (SportsDirectNews)

It will be interesting to see if he does move

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