Vermaelen’s arrival at The Emirates looks likely to lead to the sale of Toure to Manchester City.

Thomas Vermaelen, the former Ajax captain, now at Arsenal.

Arsenal announced that the Belgian international defender Thomas Vermaelen has joined the Gunners from Ajax on a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee, thought to be up to £10 million and a four year contract.

Vermaelen was the Ajax club captain last season, and made 143 appearances with the Amsterdam side. He’s also made 21 appearances for Belgium.

His arrival at Arsenal may signal the end of an Arsenal career for Ivory Coast international Kolo Toure, who has interested Manchester City for some time.

City tried to sign Toure in January. Whilst Arsene Wenger was able to hang on to the defender during the season, it is thought the manager has accepted that Toure wants to leave and is willing to cash in on him now he has a replacement.

Toure has a year left on his contract, and with the African Cup of Nations taking place in Angola in January 2010, Wenger feels the time could be right to let go of one of Arsenal’s longest standing current players.

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