Well, I may have said “Farewell!” on Friday but here I’m back again on Monday with some very intriguing transfer news.
There were reports floating around last week that Arsenal had agreed a deal for Ajax central defender and captain Thomas Vermaelen, with £11 the apparent fee. And while I initially wrote the news off as nothing more than the usual transfer garbage that pollutes the summer break, some comments from Vermaelen in Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad indicates there could be some truth to the speculation. He said:
“In the coming days there will be more talks. Moving to Arsenal is the right path for me. It is a great sporting challenge and I will also be financially better off. I think everything is going to be okay.”
I have to admit that I know very little about the Belgian aside from the fact that he is the Ajax captain and a fairly decent centre-half. A lot has been made about his apparent lack of size – according to Wikipedia he’s only 5’11 – but for all we know Arsene Wenger might see Vermaelen as a defensive midfielder and I don’t think it would be smart to judge before he signs. If he signs, of course.
Other speculation over the course of the weekend saw Udinese centre-back Cristian Zapata linked with a move while Emmanuel Adebayor’s agent once again indicated that he might be on his way if AC Milan come in with a decent offer.
And that’s it really. Just before I go I want to say congratulations to the Australian national team for qualifying for the 2010 World Cup. I can’t wait to watch our boys play at the highest level again and the early qualification means I’m seriously considering planning a trip to South Africa. I’ll let you all know how it goes, because if I do get over there I’ll most likely blog about it.
Bye for now. Until when, you ask? I couldn’t tell you now.
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