Reports this morning suggest that Barcelona are in London today to hold talks with Arsenal over the transfer of Thomas Vermaelen.
El Mundo say that the Catalan’s Director of Football Management, Raul Sanllehi, comes armed with the task of reaching a financial agreement with the Gunners and convincing the Belgian that he won’t end up in the same position he’s in under Arsene Wenger (ie. on the bench).
Manchester United’s interest in Vermaelen is well reported – especially by the Guardian who have been running the story like an advert at least once a week for most of the summer – and having spent so long kicking his heels in North London, the captain’s decision will most likely be made on who can guarantee him the most first team football.
From an Arsenal point of view, a sale to Spain would be most welcome, because who wants to do anything that would make the Dutch Skunk, and by extension Louis van Gaal, happy?
Hopefully the attraction of Barcelona (a beautiful, sunny city – rather not like Manchester) will be enough to sway Vermaelen, but it now looks as if his departure may happen before the first Premier League game of the season.
With Arsenal somewhat light on central defensive options right now, it might force Arsene Wenger into the transfer market before the Palace game.