Vermaelen has medical as Roma move looms

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Vermaelen on his way to Roma

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.

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Adriano completing his move to Besiktas

With Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Digne and Marlon all having joined it was expected that the Barcelona back line would see some departures.

 

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