Sunday, June 07, 2009
Arsenal agree fee with Ajax but talks over Vermaelen’s personal terms stalled
By 1970’s Gooner
It seems that Arsene Wenger is not going to let any transfers he might plan for Arsenal this season take too much time.
He probably wants all new players to be ready for pre season training on the 5th of July so that they can get accustomed to their new surroundings and colleagues.
As we revealed a few days ago interest over bringing Bosnian hit man Edin Dzeko to the Emirates has already been lodged.
Now Wenger’s interest has turned to bolstering the defence and to 23 year old Belgian central defender Thomas Vermaelen who plays for Ajax.
We can reveal that Ajax and Arsenal have already reached an agreement over the transfer after a meeting held last Wednesday in London.
Ajax’s commercial director Henri van der Aat and financial director, Jeroen Slop, traveled to London for talks and agreed a fee of €13m (£11.5m).
They also gave Arsenal permission to open negotiations with the player.
However we can reveal that the player’s agent, ex Danish star (of the 70’s and 80’s) Soren Lerby through his company, Essel Sport Managements, has rejected Arsenal’s financial offer which was included in a proposed four year contract.
The two sides will meet again to iron out personal terms but it is felt that a solution will be reached one way or another.
Vermaelen is not that tall for a central defender, 5 ft 11in (1.80m) and if the deal goes through he will be the shortest one in the squad!
Compare him to Toure who is 6ft (1.83m), Gallas who is also 6ft, Djourou at a mighty 6 ft 31⁄2 in (1.92 m) and Song 6ft 1 in (1.85m)
Date of birth: November 14, 1985 (age 23)
Place of birth: Kapellen, Belgium
Height: 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position: Central Defender
Current club: Ajax
1999 Germinal Ekeren
1999-2003 Germinal Beerschot
2003-Ajax 1 apps (0gls)
2004-2005 → RKC Waalwijk (loan) 13 apps (2gls)
2005- Ajax 51 apps (5gls)
2005-2006 Belgium U21 0 apps (0gls)
2006- Belgium 21 apps (0gls)