By Daniel Chokoe
Arsenal have reportedly agreed a fee of around £15m with FC Barcelona for the sale of captain
The 28-year-old had also been linked with Manchester United, but Arsene Wenger confirmed he does not want to sell Vermaelen to a direct rival.
Vermaelen is now set to join Barcelona but still has to agree personal terms and pass his medical in the coming days, BBC reports.
The Belgium international is Barcelona’s second centre-back signing after they already bought
Jeremy Mathieu from Valencia for £16m.
The move to Barcelona is likely to be completed this weekend, ending Vermaelen’s five-year stay
Another masterpiece from Wenger, he managed to sell a bench warmer for £15 million and in the process ensured that he doesn’t join a direct rival team.