Vermaelen set to leave


Arsenal look set to cash in on Thomas Vermaelen and will use the money to launch a bid for Swansea defender Ashley Williams.

Vermaelen fell out of favour at the Emirates Stadium last season as Arsene Wenger preferred to go with a central defensive partnership of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.

The Belgium international will now be made available for transfer but the Gunners can only expect to receive half of the £10million they paid Ajax for his services back in 2009.

Wenger will use any money raised to fund a swoop for Williams and is ready to make a move despite the fact Swansea insist they are under no pressure to sell and wish to keep hold.

A fee of £12million has been mentioned for Williams and that should not be a problem for Wenger as reports continue to suggest he could have as much as £70million to spend on new players this summer.


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