Thomas Vermaelen has been given permission to travel to Italy to undergo a medical prior to completing a move to Roma. Vermaelen who joined Barcelona in 2014 from Arsenal for a fee of 15 million euros following a number of injury plagued seasons with the Gunners. He played a total of just 1 game in his first season due to injury and 20 games last season scoring 1 goal, the winner against Malaga.
Vermaelen is the second defender to leave Barcelona in the last few days after left back Adriano joined Besiktas for a reported fee of 600,000 euros with the possibility of the fee rising to 2.3 million euros. Adriano won a total of 16 trophies with Barcelona including 4 league titles, 3 Copa del Rey titles and 2 Champions League titles. He scored some stunning strikes during his time at Barca including these.
With Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Digne and Marlon all having joined it was expected that the Barcelona back line would see some departures.