Ahead of the summer transfer window Thomas Vermaelen’s representative, Alex Kroes, has begun the tried-and-tested tactic of bigging up his client to anyone who happens to call him.
It’s widely expected that the Belgian centre-back will quit Arsenal this summer in search of regular playing time after falling down the pecking order at the Emirates over the course of the last two seasons.
Eager to start the name-dropping early, Kroes has made clear that the Gunners captain isn’t short of suitors but insists his man will wait until after the World Cup to assess his options before making a firm decision on his future.
Speaking to Calciomercatoweb.com, Kroes touched on interest from Rafael Benitez’s Napoli.
“Yes Napoli have been on the player and have stepped forward,” he told the Italian transfer scallywags.
“But just as the Neapolitans have, other clubs have shown their interest and not just Italian clubs. You cannot say, though, that the player is close to a transfer to Napoli.
“I repeat – wait until after the World Cup, where Vermaelen is going to do his best, then we will face any kind of discourse for his future.”
Arseblog News is tempted to give Alex a call to see what he has to say about the interest from Harchester United. Rumour has it they’re ready to spend big but the Belgian might have his head turned by a move to China where Team Shaolin are supposedly throwing around cash as silly as their overhead kicks.
We’ve also heard on the grapevine that Michael Caine and Pele have been on the blower with Vermaelen open to strutting his stuff in front of Sylvester Stallone. Exciting times ahead for TV5.