Arsenal 'closing in on £13m January deal for Belgium wonderkid as they look to pip Barcelona to signature of defensive midfielder' being compared to Spain icon Sergio Busquets

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By Oli Gamp For Mailonline

Published: 04:58 EDT, 3 November 2023 | Updated: 04:58 EDT, 3 November 2023

Arsenal person reportedly moved up of Barcelona successful nan conflict to motion a promising young Belgium starlet successful January. 

The Gunners are embarking connected different title complaint this play aft an encouraging commencement to nan play saw them rising to 2nd successful nan array pinch 24 points from their first 10 games - and leader Mikel Arteta is still looking to nan early to support nan club's upward trajectory. 

And according to Spanish outlet Sport, nan Premier League outfit are now starring nan title to motion 1 of Royal Antwerp's astir highly-rated youngsters successful nan January transfer window, contempt Barcelona antecedently being tipped to bring him to Spain. 

Arthur Vermeeren, 18, is being mooted arsenic a early prima of nan Belgium nationalist squad and has impressed galore pinch his assured and mature displays successful nan mediate of nan parkland for Antwerp, nan nine he joined erstwhile he was conscionable 13. 

Sport declare Barcelona are still willing successful Vermeeren but person not made a determination connected signing him. 

Arsenal are said to person moved up of Barcelona successful nan title to motion Belgian starlet Arthur Vermeeren

Mikel Arteta (L) has reportedly stepped up liking successful nan £13m-rated prima up of Xavi (R)

They are alert that they could suffer retired connected nan player, nan study adds, pinch Arsenal now 'advancing' successful their bid to motion him - astatine a value of astir £13million.

Vermeeren has been monitored by Barcelona scouts for immoderate clip - pinch his awesome shot deliveries and positional consciousness admired by nan Spanish broadside - and nan player's characteristics 'would fresh perfectly' astatine nan club, it claims.

He has been compared to Barca nine fable Sergio Busquets, while Antwerp's head of shot Marc Overmars said he had shades of Andres Iniesta and Xavi.

'I do not person doubts that Vermeeren tin play [for] Barca,' he told FCBN. 'Like Xavi and Iniesta… Vermeeren [has] nan aforesaid profile.' 

Vermeeren is seen arsenic Belgium's adjacent large prima and has impressed successful nan Champions League this season

Arsenal, meanwhile, are 'taking a measurement forward' pinch their bid for Vermeeren - moreover though he is 'seen arsenic a risky option' for nan club.

However, nan nine are keen to build connected their spot successful extent successful midfield to support their title hopes going. They splashed retired £65m connected German prima Kai Havertz from Chelsea, but he has grounded to impressment truthful acold astatine nan Emirates.  

Vermeeren - who was named in CIES Football Observatory's caller database of apical 100 youngsters - has decided he will time off Antwerp either successful January aliases astatine nan extremity of nan existent play and is alert location will beryllium offers for him, nan study goes on, claiming he 'wants to return different measurement successful his career'.

He made 34 apperances for Antwerp past season, scoring erstwhile and has played 9 times wide successful this run - already playing successful 3 Champions League games and laying connected 2 assists successful a 3-2 nonaccomplishment to Shakhtar Donetsk.


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