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Barcelona Submit Opening £10m Bid for Arsenal Defender Thomas Vermaelen

Nou Camp side chase Emirates Stadium back-up performer.

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Barcelona look set to beat Man United in the pursuit of Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen with the Metro claiming that the La Liga side have submitted a £10m bid for the Belgian.

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The 28 year old has been left to warm the bench for much of the past 18 months with Arsene Wenger opting to use Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker as his first choice central defensive pairing and appears likely to leave the Emirates Stadium side this summer.

A move to the Nou Camp will surely tempt the former Ajax man, who is certainly too good to be wasting away on the bench and could be seen as the man to beef up Barcelona’s back-line.

New boss Luis Enrique doesn’t have a great many centre-backs in his armoury, even after the arrival of Jeremy Mathieu from Valencia, with veteran Carles Puyol having left the Catalan club.

Arsene Wenger may prefer to sell to Barcelona over the possibility of selling another player to a domestic rival, having seen right-back Bacary Sagna moving to Man City this summer.

Having spent over £60m to bring in Alexis Sanchez, David Ospina, Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers there may be a need for the north London side to sell players to help balance the books.

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