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Barcelona Linked With Arsenal Raid

Spaniards Barcelona have identified Arsenal vice captain Thomas Vermaelen as a potential signing this summer as they look to strengthen their defence this summer

With the summer transfer window now open, we’ll keep you up-to-date with all the latest Arsenal transfer news. Today sees Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen linked with Barcelona.

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Vermaelen - Barca target

Barcelona are weighing up a move for Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen, according to the Daily Mail.

The report claims that Barca have drawn up a short list of defenders after being priced out of a move for number one target Thiago Silva. The Catalans are believed to have put aside around £30m for a new centre back this summer, but AC Milan have already rejected a £32.5m offer from PSG for the Brazilian stopper, leaving Barca looking for alternatives.

Chelsea’s David Luiz is said to be high on their wish list and the former Benfica man is understood to be open to the move, but Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta feels it would be difficult to persuade Chelsea into selling.

This has lead to the Spaniards looking to our very own Vermaelen, and despite the Belgian recently signing a contract extension and declaring he would stay at Arsenal this summer, Barca feel they could land the 26-year-old.

Also under consideration are the likes of Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen, who is close to a move to Tottenham, Borussia Dortmund duo Mats Hummels and Neven Subotic, as well as Lyon’s Dejan Lovren.

FT Verdict

Despite Barcelona’s arrogance in thinking they can sign anybody they like, Thomas Vermaelen will not be leaving Arsenal this summer. He is under contract, the club don’t want to sell and the player has declared he isn’t interested in moving. End of.

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What do you think, will Vermaelen still be an Arsenal player next season? Get involved in the comments section.



  1. voltage pawa

    June 5, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    barca shud do anytin to get best defenda this summer vermalen or luiz.

  2. Metal Man Thing's Mate

    June 5, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Seeing as Vemaelen recently renewed his contract he won’t be going anywhere.

  3. abubakar mohammad

    June 5, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Thomas cOme 2 barca they wil make u a better pplayer and win trophies.we all barca fans wil wlcm u

    • Gooner Rob

      June 6, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      This is completely laughable. The Verminator is happy in London and loves playing for Arsenal. He will not be moving so Barca can bore off. Oh and Barca dont think that you can try and tap him up, other than Cesc the players at Arsenal have class and are not interested in that.

  4. agaba

    June 6, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Barcelona don’t get a shamed after saying u don’t defend. tel u sporting director 2 move to different leagues thomases are very many.or what happened to you academy or messi. and fab . haaaaaa haaaa u still crying because of the special one.

  5. Messcotti

    June 6, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    That’s funny, I’ve not heard of this one and it’s NOT come from Barca…somone stiring the hornet’s nest I think. Simple fact is TV is under contract, Barca have NOT approached Aresnal or the player or his agent and FT has put this story up. Barca arrogance? I’d say English press arrogance in thinking that TV is good enough for Barca!

    Not going to happen.

    Forca Barca.

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