Vermaelen – Arsenal’s Summer Signing No.1
Dutch newspaper Het Laatste is reporting that Arsenal have a greed a fee for Belgium centre half Thomas Vermaelen with Ajax. The fee is reportedly in the region of £10 million. The newspaper is saying that the player has agreed a four year contract with Arsenal.
As yet there is no confirmation on either club’s website nor from the player. This is no surprise as he is currently away with Belgium and until he has a medical at Arsenal nothing is for certain.
There are conflicting reports that claim he has not yet agreed personal terms, but this is probably a confusion due to the player not being readily available fro a medical.
When this is confirmed it will be great news for Arsenal and will show Arsene’s intent in getting his new players early this season, instead of waiting until August. Vermaelen will add some steel to the heart of the defence.
Date of birth November 14, 1985
Place of birth Kapellen, Belgium
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
1999-2003 Germinal Ekeren
Ajax 85 appearance; 6 goals
RKC Waalwijk (loan) 13 appearances 2 goals
Belgium 21 caps