Alan Pardew has said he wants to bring in a goal-scoring center-back this summer, so we wonder if Newcastle may be targeting Thomas Vermaelen, whom Arsenal will let go this summer.
Thomas Vermaelen – available this summer
Thomas was the captain at Arsenal, but surprisingly lost his place this season, after some poor performances for the London giants, and now Arsene Wenger is willing to let him go this summer.
Not surprisingly, top clubs like Manchester United and Napoli are said to be interested in the 42 times capped Belgium International.
Vermaelen started his career at the famous Ajax Academy ten years ago, and eventually played 114 times for Ajax with 14 goals.
He joined Arsenal in 2009 for a fee said to be around £10M, and was made the Arsenal captain last summer, after Robin van Persie left for Manchester United.
There’s no doubt Vermaelen would be a great acquisition for Newcastle, but unfortunately these days we just cannot compete with clubs like Manchester United and Napoli for these top players.
If we had another top six finish this season, maybe we could – but finishing 5th bottom in the Premier League doesn’t make Newcastle an attractive club to join for a player as good as Vermaelen – that’s the unfortunate truth.
So there’s probably no way Newcastle can get the 6′ center-back to Tyneside.
The Belgium International played 129 times for Arsenal with 15 goals.
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