Reports yesterday said Barca will pay the Gunners £15m for the Belgium international and Mundo Deportivo add that the deal could be completed in the early part of the weekend.
It’s claimed Vermaelen was Barca’s second choice for a second centre-back signing of the summer, behind Paris Saint-Germain’s Marquinhos but ahead of the likes of Daniel Agger, the Liverpool defender who was linked with the club.
When PSG refused to sell Marquinhos Barca’s attention focused on Vermaelen and beating Manchester United to his signature.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confirmed he would rather sell Vermaelen to a team from outside the Premier League and Barca are now expected to seal the deal.
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