The BBC has confirmed that Arsenal have agreed a £15million fee for centre back Thomas Vermaelen with Barcelona.
The 28 year old Belgian left footer is now working on agreeing personal terms, and will then be attending a medical at the Nou Camp later this week.
Vermaelen was the subject of Manchester’s interest, though the Reds’ bid of £7 million was deemed not enough by Arsene Wenger. The Arsenal manager was clearly also aware of the flak he received from Arsenal fans for selling Robyn Van Persie to United two years ago.
Vermaelen’s move to Barcelona ends a 5 year spell at Arsenal where he went from being among the club’s most celebrated players – and team captain – to a bit part substitute.
The move gives the Belgian the chance to re-ignite his career Arsenal will be pleased with a significant wedge of cash for a 28 year old.