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Report: Manchester United miss out, Thomas Vermaelen seals $25 million Barcelona switch

Aug 8, 2014, 2:25 PM EDT

Arsenal’s club captain Thomas Vermaelen is set to end his North London nightmare.

The 28-year-old Belgian defender saw his spot in the lineup taken by Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny last season and the former Ajax center back has been ready to move on for a while.

Manchester United have been reportedly chasing Vermaelen as Louis van Gaal looks to strengthen his defensive options, however it has been reported by various sources that the deal broke down due to wage demands. Arsenal were also said to favor a move to Barca for Vermaelen  instead of a direct Premier League competitor.

If the deal goes through as expected, Barcelona have strengthened their back line considerably over the summer after already signing defender Jeromy Mathieu from Valencia. After losing Carlos Puyol to retirement, Gerard Pique needed some help in the heart of Barca’s defense as Javier Mascherano was often deployed out of position last season as an emergency center back.

Our friends over at Soccerly have the latest details as Vermaelen’s five-year stint at Arsenal is almost over.

British press have revealed Arsenal has come to an agreement for the sale of Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona.

According to reports, the deal came through after a bid by Manchester United was turned down. The transfer is set to be for £15m, around $25.21 million.

The player is expected to arrive to Barcelona for medical tests on Saturday.

According to reports from daily ‘Sport’ in Spain, Barcelona’s executives held an impromptu meeting to finalize details of the transfer in an airport gate before boarding a flight to Helsinki, where the club is scheduled to play a friendly match against HJK Helsinki on Saturday.

  1. lordfletcher - Aug 8, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Arsenal wasn’t willing to let him go to Man Utd for just cash. (Which is smart – don’t ever better a rival when an equal deal is present)… They wanted Smalling in a swap.

    Glad LVG said no. Now onto Mehdi Benatia!

  2. Comrade23 - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Part of me is glad Arsenal didn’t sell Vermaelen to United as we’ve sold too many players to rivals in recent years. That said, it’s a shame we won’t get to see him completely out of position and falling down in a United shirt this season.

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