Reports this morning suggest that Arsenal and Barcelona have agreed a fee for Thomas Vermaelen, believed to be around £15m.
The Belgian is expected to travel to Spain to undergo a medical this weekend, and the formalities of the deal should be completed by early next week at the latest.
With a Barcelona delegation in London yesterday, and Arsenal more willing to do a deal with the Spanish club than Manchester United, it looks as if the Catalans have persuaded Vermaelen he’ll get the playing time he wants.
It’s also being reported that Arsenal refused to sell directly to Manchester United, looking instead for a cash + player deal which is believed to have included Chris Smalling.
United’s refusal to let Smalling leave scuppered their chances of doing a deal for the Arsenal captain, as did their offer of a three year contract with one additional, while Barcelona offered a five year contract.