Arsenal are looking to bring in a wonderkid compared to Andres Iniesta in the next transfer window.
The Gunners have enjoyed a strong start to the season and currently sit joint top of the table with arch-rivals Tottenham, level on points and goal difference. But Mikel Arteta's side have looked a little less fluid than last season – especially in the midfield.
Kai Havertz has played in midfield for Arsenal thus far following the departure of Granit Xhaka – but now, Arsenal have identified a long-term figure for that left side of the midfield three.
Compared to Andres Iniesta, Vermeeren has the kind of close control and technical security that Arteta values in a No.8 – but he's a long-term project who can be groomed for the position alongside the likes of Emile Smith Rowe or Hale Ender Ethan Nwaneri.
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Arteta has proven countless times that he is willing to invest in youth, lowering the average age of his Arsenal side with several high-profile transfers and looking to entrust younger stars in his team.
There are several candidates for the left-sided midfield role, with Havertz being the first-choice at the start of the season. Declan Rice has played there too, while Leandro Trossard has filled in there as well.
Arsenal are also believed to be searching for a striker to bring in this January.
Vermeeren is valued at €17m by Transfermarkt.
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FFT also caught up with former Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey, who explained why he turned down a move to the Saudi Pro League in favour of re-joining Cardiff City.
Meanwhile, Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard has said that leaving Real Madrid was the "best decision" he could have made for his career.
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