Arsenal close in on Thomas Vermaelen deal

According to a report in the Sun, Arsenal “are on the verge of sealing a £10million deal for Ajax star Thomas Vermaelen.”

Vermaelen has been linked with the Gunners for the last couple of weeks, and the tall right-footed defender is thought to be just the type of player that Wenger needs to add some steel to his defence.

He was named Ajax’s Player of the Year last summer and was nearly ever present this season. He even scored five goals from set-pieces.

One other bonus for Wenger is that he already speaks English so will be able to integrate quickly into the Arsenal team.