Here we have a picture taken from the Daily Mail of Thomas Vermaelen and Barcelona defender Carles Puyol at a restaurant in Ibiza.
On the face of it, it’s innocent enough, right? Well, unfortunately the image appeared on the very morning that Barcelona were linked with a move for the Arsenal vice-captain.
The Mirror, amongst others, reported today that Barca have short-listed the Belgian centre back as a potential summer signing after their move for AC Milan defender Thiago Silva hit a dead end, and should a move for Athletic Bilbao’s Javi Martinez also fail, they could move for the Arsenal stopper.
In a world when ‘tapping up’ is no longer an art under-taken in the secrecy of hotels by agents, seeing a Barca stalwart like Puyol talking with one of your best players amid rumours of interest from the club is never easy viewing.
However, i personally don’t think this picture is anything other than two footballers bumping into each other at a popular holiday resort. TV5 wont be going anywhere this summer, and the player has said as much recently, but we can’t stop the rumours circulating and a picture of Vermaelen enjoying a cosy night out with the Barca man only adds fuel to the fire I’m afraid.
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