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United "agree deal" with Arsenal captain

According to reports in the UK, Thomas Vermaelen has agreed personal terms ahead of a move to Manchester United.

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The Daily Telegraph have gone and got themselves an exclusive, folks. Apparently Arsenal's captain-even-though-he-doesn't-get-in-the-first-team Thomas Vermaelen has "verbally agreed" a deal to move to Old Trafford. CUrrently in Brazil with the Belgian squad, the deal will reportedly be completed as soon as the tournament ends.

With just one year left on his contract, the fee is likely to be around £10m. Apparently he will pick up wages of around £100,000 a week, which seems like quite a lot for an Arsenal reserve, however inspirational his programme notes might be. The Telegraph also claim that the fact that he shares an agent with Robin van Persie has been "key to United's interest". Not entirely sure what that means.

Obviously United need defensive reinforcements, but when it comes to defending, Vermaelen is an excellent footballer. Quick, strong, committed, good at shouting, the only problem is that he tends to find himself stood in the wrong place quite a lot. Which is why, over the last couple of seasons, he's found himself sat on the bench quite a lot. Still, he did come through at Ajax, so is likely to be familiar with the imminent injection of entertaining Dutchness United are bracing themselves for.

Oooh, maybe we can stick him in midfield ...