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Vermaelen wants out of Arsenal; Arsenal want £10m. Plus, Kagawa amongst United exits and Bony for sale on cheap.

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VERMAELEN WANTS OUT
It's on the back page of The Sun on Tuesday morning: 'THOMAS SNUB TO WENGER.' The gist is that the Belgian defender has been offered a one-year extension to his £60,000-a-week contract at Arsenal but has said 'no dice'. Arsenal, though, will not sell on the cheap and have set a price of £10m if Manchester United or Barcelona want to do business.

The other option available to United is a straight swap involving Chris Smalling or Phil Jones, but that offer is not to United's liking. They only have three senior centre-halves and they're not about to give one away.


WHO'S OUT OF UNITED?
The consensus of opinion is that the players who will be shipped out of Manchester United this summer - if buyers can be found - are Marouane Fellaini, Nani, Shinji Kagawa, Wilfried Zaha and Anderson. There's also some suggestion that Javier Hernandez could also be available for the right price, with The Guardian claiming that Atletico Madrid could pay £25m for Kagawa and the Mexican striker.

It certainly looks like Ashley Young has saved his United career - for now - with his performances on tour, while it's not known whether Van Gaal would resist any move from Everton to sign Tom Cleverley.


BONY FOR SALE
Despite all the talk coming out of Swansea that Wilfried Bony is not for sale, the Daily Mirror claim that 'Swansea are ready to ditch Wilfried Bony's £19million release clause to offload the unsettled striker'. It looks like he simply doesn't want to be there.

'Mirror Sport understands a number of Premier League clubs have already been sounded out about a deal,' but of course it's Liverpool and Tottenham who are mentioned as possible suitors. It was ever thus.


AND THE REST
Eliaquim Mangala's move to Manchester City is still on despite another delay...Dani Osvaldo is about to end his stay with Southampton and join Inter Milan, although the Saints appear likely to lose some of the £14.5m they paid for him a year ago...Wes Hoolahan is set to perform a U-turn and sign a new two-year deal with Norwich City...Anton Ferdinand is set to link up with Reading on a free transfer...Mark Hughes has issued a 'hands off' notice on Stoke striker Peter Crouch, who is a loan target for West Ham...

...Sean Dyche is ready to break Burnley's transfer record with a £5m move for Nottingham Forest midfielder Henri Lansbury...West Brom boss Alan Irvine is set to land Celtic's Kris Commons in a £7.5m deal...Everton's loan deal for Chelsea winger Christian Atsu has broken down over concerns he would not get enough playing time at Goodison Park...Leeds hope to sign Juventus defender Frederik Sorensen in time for the Championship opener with Millwall...

...Barcelona fear losing out to Manchester United for Colombia forward Juan Cuadrado in a deal worth around £29million...Celtic striker Giorgios Samaras is a surprise target for Southampton boss Ronald Koeman...West Brom are closing in on a deal for Australia left-back Jason Davidson, who is in a contractual dispute with Dutch club Heracles Almelo...Spurs are holding out for £6m for defender Younes Kaboul, who is a target for Lazio...

...QPR are expected to sign Jordon Mutch from Cardiff later on Tuesday...Everton are still looking to add two new players to their ranks with Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley among the options being considered by Roberto Martinez...Swansea midfielder Jose Canas is set to hold talks with Spanish club Elche over a return to Spain...Saphir Taider is poised to join Southampton from Inter Milan on an initial loan with a view to a £7million permanent deal. Southampton are also in discussions over a loan for Inter winger Ezequiel Schelotto...

...Tottenham could sell as many as five defenders before the end of August, with Vlad Chiriches, Michael Dawson, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Younes Kaboul and Kyle Naughton all possibly leaving White Hart Lane...West Brom have rejected a third bid from Burnley for defender Craig Dawson...Javier Manquillo is expected to seal his two-year loan deal with Liverpool on Tuesday...Ron Vlaar has indicated he wants to stay with Aston Villa amid speculation of a move to Southampton.

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