This morning Manchester United fans were greeted by transfer news that may have raised an eyebrow or two.

The Telegraph are reporting that Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has ‘agreed in principle’ to join United for a fee estimated to be worth around £10 million.

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Would this be a stroke of genius or smack of desperation? If Van Gaal can get Ron Vlaar to play like a world-beater, surely he can revive Vermaelen’s career.

This would be a good buy if a defender of Hummels’ class came in too, but it would be a bit underwhelming if he was the only centre-back purchase.

If that was the case, Van Gaal may yet look to a younger player alongside such as Martins Indi or De Vrij.