Arsenal have rejected the offer from Manchester United in their attempt to sign Thomas Vermaelen and could even offer their club captain a new contract, Mirror reports.

The side are believed to want to keep the Belgium centre-back in the squad and would expect Louis van Gaal to pay a lot more in order to begin negotiations.

Arsene Wenger is also considering to offer Vermaelen a new deal in order to keep him at the Emirates as he only has one year remaining on his current deal.

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Should the move be accepted, the Gunners boss may want to add a player into the deal as the Frenchman is already considering a swoop for either Tom Cleverley or Luis Nani from the Red Devils.

The 28-year-old defender is regarded as a backup to the current defensive pairing of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, so Wenger may need to keep him happy or risk losing him.

Serie A side Napoli was also hinted at a move but later pulled out as they believed their transfer target was already set for a move to Old Trafford.

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