Thomas Vermaelen could move to Serie A to seek first-team football…
Arsenal skipper Thomas Vermaelan is set to leave the Emirates and join Italian giants Inter Milan when the transfer window reopens in January, reports the Metro.
Inter are ready to pay £8m for the centre-half, which Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will be tempted to accept.
The Belgian centre-back established himself as one of the best defenders in the Premier League when he joined the Gunners in 2009, but has now lost his place in the starting lineup to in form duo Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.
With the World Cup in Brazil next summer, Vermaelen is reportedly desperate to leave Arsenal to guarantee first-team football.
Inter Milan have cash to blow following the acquisition of the club by Indonesian businessman Erick Thohir, and have earmarked the 28-year-old centre-half as a primary target.
Vermaelen is extremely accomplished with the ball at his feet, and made a habit of scoring from corners in his early Arsenal career. Last season though, he made a number of high profile mistakes, and his confidence was clearly knocked.
The slow pace of Serie A could well suit Vermaelen, and his ability to bring the ball out defence and link up with the midfield could see Inter challenge for the title once again.