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Italian duo monitoring Vermaelen

Last Updated: Sat, 26 Oct 2013 10:26
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Inter Milan and Napoli are both reportedly weighing up January bids for Arsenal skipper Thomas Vermaelen, who has been valued at £12m.

The Belgium international has been unable to break into the Gunners first team this season due to the form of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, who have form a solid central defensive partnership.

The 27-year-old has admitted he is concerned about his lack of game time this term and suggested he may force through a move away from the Emirates Stadium in the new year to make sure he is part of Belgium's squad for next summer's World Cup.

Inter Milan have been strongly linked with the versatile defender following the takeover of the club by Indonesian businessman Erick Thohir, who is expected to fund a spending spree in January.

Reports from Italy suggest Napoli could also bid for Vermaelen but both clubs are likely to be put off by Arsenal's asking price, with the Gunners only willing to discuss a deal if they receive an offer in the region of £12million.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has made it clear he doesn't want to lose Vermaelen if possible and in his press conference on Friday he called on the club captain to be patient.

"It is unfortunately part of our job that sometimes we frustrate people. He is rightly frustrated because he has the quality to play, because he behaves with a fantastic attitude and is a credit to our job. Not everybody behaves like him, it is absolutely fantastic. I can understand completely his frustration," said Wenger.

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