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Done Deal: Barcelona Complete £15m Deal to Sign Arsenal Defender Thomas Vermaelen

La Liga side sign Emirates Stadium star.

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Barcelona have officially completed the signing of Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen.

The Belgian joins the Catalan giants having spent the past 18 months acting as a back-up to Arsene Wenger’s first choice central defensive pair of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker.

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The deal is said to have cost the La Liga side £15m and sees new boss Luis Enrique bring in some much needed defensive reinforcements.

Vermaelen moved to the Emirates Stadium in 2009, signing from Ajax for a fee of £10m, and went on to make 150 appearances for the north London side.

He signs a five-year deal at the Nou Camp and becomes the second big money defensive signing for Luis Enrique this summer, following Jeremy Mathieu from Valencia.

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