Aug 10, 2014, 10:10 AM EDT
Vermaelen, 28, will net the Gunners about $25 million. More importantly for Barca fans — who could be facing a transfer ban quite soon — he shores up a defense that really struggled to meet its standards last season.
It’s a five-year deal for Vermaelen, who will wear No. 23 at Barca, which opens the La Liga season on Sunday, Aug. 24 against Elche.
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