Barcelona switch transfer sights to Arsenal defender Vermaelen

Barcelona are eyeing Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen.
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Barcelona are eyeing Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen.

The Belgium international has fast emerged as one of the most highly-rated defensive talents in Europe after shaking off serious injury last season.

Sport says Barca are ready to make a bid for Vermaelen this summer as new coach Tito Vilanova seeks a centre-half signing.

The Spanish giants are turning to Vermaelen after seeking AC Milan shut the door on talks over Thiago Silva.

Concerning for Gooners today is snaps of Vermaelen on holiday with Barca captain Carles Puyol.

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