Arsenal & Man United fans react to the news Vermaelen could be swapped for Cleverley!

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Reports in the past few days that Thomas Vermaelen had agreed to move to Manchester United always seemed a little curious.

Surely Arsenal would not sell another captain to a direct Premier League rival?

On Tuesday, the Daily Mirror added another angle to the potential transfer of the Belgian to Old Trafford.

John Cross writes: “Arsene Wenger could look for a part-exchange deal with Manchester United over Thomas Vermaelen. The Arsenal boss has been keeping tabs on Tom Cleverley and also has an interest in Chris Smalling.”

Cleverley has become somewhat of a scapegoat at Manchester United with the midfield at Old Trafford looking increasingly poor with each passing season.

Swap deals are often mooted in transfer windows and never happen – the Samuel Eto’o/Zlatan Ibrahimovic deal between Inter Milan and Barcelona in 2009 is the only one that comes to mind.

So, Arsenal fans can rest easy. Nevertheless, the reaction from Gooners and United fans on Twitter makes for amusing reading.


Tom Cleverley