Royal Antwerp’s teenage midfielder Arthur Vermeeren is a transfer target for both Manchester United and Barcelona with Erik ten Hag leaning on his friendship with Marc Overmars to get the transfer done, according to The Mirror.
Vermereen, who has made 50 appearances for Antwerp, played a crucial role in their recent domestic league and cup double victory. United’s interest in this holding midfielder dates back to February when he started featuring regularly in the first team.
Barcelona have made profound interest in the 18-year-old who they have diligently observed in numerous matches most notably in the UEFA Champions League first-round victory over Antwerp at Camp Nou.
The Belgium-U21 international is aware of Barcelona’s interest in him. The Catalans view Vermereen as a long-term option in midfield, according to a report from Spanish outlet, SPORT.
Antwerp has set a valuation of €20 million (£17 million) on him, while United envisions him as a potential heir to Casemiro who is set to turn 32 in February, and there have been concerns about his recent performances.
Vermeeren is a defensive midfielder, known for his role as a traditional No.6. He operates deep on the field, primarily focusing on defensive duties.
Despite being only 18, he has been a consistent starter for Royal Antwerp this season, contributing with two assists in nine appearances.
As the January transfer window approaches, and with the possibility of Scott McTominay leaving, securing a replacement is crucial for Ten Hag. Vermeeren’s impressive performances suggest he could seamlessly integrate into the first team, despite his young age.