Arsenal agrees on £15m for Vermaelen’s move to Barca




Arsenal has agreed a fee of about £15m with Barcelona for the sale of captain Thomas Vermaelen.
The 28-year-old Belgium centre-back must now agree personal terms with the Catalan giants and pass a medical.
Vermaelen was a target for Manchester United but they ended their interest after refusing Arsenal’s demand receive a player as part of the deal.
The move Barcelona is likely be completed this weekend, ending Vermaelen’s five-year stay in London.
Vermaelen joined Arsenal from Ajax for £10m in 2009 and has made 150 appearances in all competitions.
But he was troubled by a series of injuries and lost his place at centre-back last season as Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger favoured Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny as his first-choice pairing.
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Vermaelen’s form and fitness meant he made just 21 appearances in all competitions last term and Wenger admitted this week that the player needed move .
“He could leave, it could happen. I’ve said that since the start of pre-season,” said Wenger.
“He needs to play now. He has shown an outstanding attitude but he is in a position where we wouldn’t stand in his way if he finds an interesting opportunity.”
Vermaelen would become Barca’s second centre-back signing this summer after Valencia’s Jeremy Mathieu, who had been their first recruit in that position since 2009.  (BBC Sport)
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