1 The talk is that he wants Phil Jones and that offer has been rejected. Chris Smalling is the next option and I say we need to be ruthless now. For all the messing about, let’s tell United we want Smalling for Vermaelen or there’s no deal. And let’s do it quickly. Young Guns blogger Jamie Sanderson explains what the north Londoners must do in order to cover the loss off Thomas Vermaelen…Arsenal have been remarkably swift when it comes to transfer business this summer, but one deal is holding up the completion of our squad. I agree with Arsenal’s stance on this deal. We don’t want the cash as it’s not really enough to buy a quality replacement, so Arsene Wenger is asking United for a player swap from United. Vermaelen’s protracted move to Manchester United has been bubbling away for weeks but seems no closer to completion. Give us Man United defender Chris Smalling for Thomas Vermanelen, says Young Guns blogger Jamie Sanderson We hold all the cards – it’s time to get tough so we can get everybody on boards and gel this team together in time for the big kick-off. United are running out of centre back options and Vermaelen is the only attainable option for them at present. Barcelona and Napoli are both keen on the Belgian as well – so let’s flog him abroad if Louis van Gaal won’t play ball. The longer a transfer saga drags on, the more the selling club gets swindled out of a deal. We can’t let that happen here so we should be firm by demanding Smalling or nothing from United. We need to put a time limit on it too, so this gets put to bed quickly.
Premier League newcomers Brighton have joined Liverpool in the race for highly-rated defender Simon Kjaer, according to reports in Turkey.The Fenerbahce star’s future has been under constant speculation for much of the summer window so far, with many of Europe’s top clubs ready to lure him away from the Turkish Super League.AC Milan and Liverpool were considered frontrunners in the race to land the 28-year-old, but may now face stiff competition from Brighton.The Seagulls are looking to recruit heavily ahead of their first taste of Premier League football, and according to Fotomac, they are ready to table a £7.5m bid for the centre back.Milan had a similar offer turned down in recent weeks, with Fenerbahce refusing to accept anything below their valuation for their star asset.It remains to be seen whether Brighton can tempt the Turkish giants into selling the defender on the cheap, with Liverpool and Milan also not giving up the chase. 1 Fenerbahce centre-back Simon Kjaer