Arsenal to sign £10m Vermaelen

Thomas Vermaelen

Transfer talk: Ajax Amsterdam and Belgium defender claims that he will undergo a medical at the Emirates Stadium on Friday

BY Bill Mann LAST UPDATED AT 08:38 ON Fri 19 Jun 2009

Arsenal looks to have made their first major transfer of the season after Ajax defender Thomas Vermaelen said yesterday that he will undergo a medical at the Emirates today. The club has not confirmed the Belgian international's claims, but Arsene Wenger is known to have coveted the 23-year-old, who is valued at £10m. "On Friday I will fly to London to have my medical. After that I hope to put pen to paper. Boy, I feel so proud, Arsenal is a fantastic club and one that, as a child, I enjoyed watching play," the Guardian reports the player as saying...

Manchester City has agreed an £18m to finally bring Paraguayan striker Roque Santa Cruz from Blackburn Rovers to Eastlands, the Daily Mail is reporting. The saga has been ongoing since former Ewood Park boss Mark Hughes took over at City, and saw Rovers reject three bids during the January transfer window for their prime asset. Santa Cruz's impact in the Premier League last season was reduced from his amazing debut, during which he scored 23 goals in 43 games under Hughes' tutelage...

Matt Derbyshire, the Blackburn striker who moved to Olympiakos Piraeus in Greece on loan last season and proved to be an unlikely hero to fans of the Athens club, scoring twice in the Greek Cup Final and helping the side to the double, has signed for the club permanently. Derbyshire, a former England Under-21 international, is reported by Reuters to have moved for E3m...

According to the Sun, Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti appears to have hijacked Glen Johnson's move from Portsmouth to Liverpool, after the south coasters accepted a bid of £17.5m from the Londoners - £13m more than Chelsea received when they sold him to then Pompey boss Harry Redknapp two summers ago. Rafa Benitez had an offer for the England right back accepted on Monday, but it looks now as if the better wages on offer at Chelsea will tempt Johnson back to the Stamford Bridge side, whom he joined from West Ham in 2003... · 

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