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Vermaelen facing straight Barcelona or Manchester United choice

Barcelona and Manchester United are locked in a two-way battle for Thomas Vermaelen with the Liga side having now lodged a bid for the Arsenal defender, Goal understands.

Louis van Gaal’s United have been knocked back with previous enquiries over a £6 million offer but are continuing to push hard to secure a deal as they attempt to bolster their defence following the departures of Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra.

Vermaelen has refused to sign a new deal at Arsenal and has told the club he will not agree fresh terms.