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Thomas Vermaelen Would Be Ideal Signing for Manchester United

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10:  Shinji Kagawa of Manchester United competes with Thomas Vermaelen  of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on November 10, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Aaron BowerFeatured ColumnistMarch 10, 2014

With a potentially chaotic summer of transfers on the horizon in the Premier League, speculation is rife as to where many of the division's top stars will end up following the conclusion of the World Cup.

One such star who may well be moving on is Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen. The Belgium international has found it hard going at the Gunners this season, with Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny establishing themselves as the men to beat for the centre-half shirts.

And per this article by Metro, Vermaelen could be heading to one of Arsenal's big rivals, Manchester United:

Manchester United are reportedly keen on taking Thomas Vermaelen to Old Trafford as a replacement for Nemanja Vidic.

Vermaelen has seen first-team chances limited at Arsenal, with Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker now Arsene Wenger’s first-choice centre-back pairing.

Vidic has already agreed a deal to join Inter Milan in the summer, and United boss David Moyes sees 28-year-old Vermaelen as an ideal replacement, according to The Sun.

It would come as no surprise should Vermaelen choose to leave Arsenal in the offseason. He is far too good a player to be sitting on the sidelines, and he has to be playing regularly.

Ideally, he would be courted by many of Europe's top clubs—or at least the ones that are in the market for a central defender. At the age of 28, Vermaelen has years in front of him as a top-class defender.

Similarly, it would not be a shock should this link to United turn out to be true. David Moyes is understandably in the hunt for a defender of Vermaelen's ability, as Nemanja Vidic is departing Old Trafford for Inter Milan. Vermaelen would actually be a perfect replacement for Vidic, and he would be a great start for David Moyes in his attempt to put his own stamp on the United squad.

Although his chances have been particularly limited this season, the Belgian has shown what he is capable of when thrown in as cover. Take Arsenal's draw with Chelsea at the back end of last year, for example.

WhoScored.com listed him as one of the top performers in that clash, and it is easy to see why. With a passing accuracy of 98 percent in that contest, he would be a great fit for a David Moyes side who like to play attractive football—and central defenders who can pass are key components of such sides. 

His physicality would also add a great deal of strength to a United defence that has looked flimsy at best this season. Aerially, he is up there with the best in the league, and he commands a real presence among the rest of his defensive teammates.

He has made only seven appearances this campaign but has picked up five awards on Squawka relating to positive performances. Although he is out of favor at Arsenal, Vermaelen still has the ability to mix it with the top defenders in England.

If David Moyes is keen on recruiting the Belgian, it would certainly be a shrewd move. He has age on his side, and the potential for him to come in and establish himself as a true leader is definitely there. All things considered, Thomas Vermaelen to Manchester United might just be the perfect move for both parties.

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