Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen is set to leave the club in order to save his dream of playing the World Cup next summer.
Vermaelen lost his place in the Gunners’ starting line up in the middle of the season after a run of poor performances which left him spending the last two months of the season on the bench.
Laurent Koscienly and Per Mertesacker formed a strong partnership which saw Arsenal winning 10 of their last 13 games without defeat. Arsene Wenger then publically announced that they were now his first choice partnership.
The 27-year-old is happy and settled at the club after he became one of the fans favourites since his arrival in 2009, however his performances this season left them frustrated.
He is ready to stay and fight for a place, but Arsenal have announced that they are ready to listen to offers as little as £5million, which Barcelona ready to bid for the player.
The Belgium international is fearing for his place in the international set up and has accepted that he may have to leave the club if boss Arsene Wenger signs a new central-defender during the summer transfer window.
Arsenal have been strongly linked with Swansea and Wales defender Ashley Williams, who is believed to be very excited at the prospect of joining the Gunners.
Wenger made an initial enquiry for the Swansea captain in January and it is speculated that he will make another enquiry in the near future.
Vermaelen is fully aware that in order to keep his place in the Belgium team he will have to leave the club as he is in danger of becoming Arsenal’s fourth choice centre-half if a new signing comes in as he will need to be playing regularly if he is to have a good chance of featuring at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Swansea are expected to have roughly a £10million asking price for Williams which will appeal to Wenger after he was giving a £70million transfer kitty.
Belgium are on course to topping their qualifying group as they sit on top at the moment are expected to qualify.
Their current crop of players have impressed with the world, and are particularly strong in defenders with Vincent Kompany as their captain and with Jan Vertonghen, Daniel Van Buyten and Toby Alderweireld all to choose from to play alongside of him.
Therefore this has left Vermaelen concerned about his chances of making the squad for the World Cup as the quality of the Belgium squad is so high.
Their players currently fill the Premier League with quality, with the likes of Marouane Fellaini, Kevin Mirallas and Eden Hazard adding class to their clubs.
It is surprising that the club is expected to accept such a small offer for the player that often contributes goals at vital times and was regarded as one of the best defenders of the league at the beginning of the 2012/2013 season.