Official: Vermaelen to join Roma

Barcelona have confirmed that Thomas Vermaelen will join Roma after giving the defender permission to complete his season-long loan in Italy.

According to Sport, all three parties have reached an agreement, which will see Vermaelen initially join Roma on loan and the Giallorossi retain a purchase option next summer, subject to the Belgian passing a medical.

“Vermaelen has travelled to Rome to undergo a medical with AS Roma,” Barca’s official Twitter account tweeted.

Vermaelen joined La Blaugrana from Arsenal in the summer of 2014 for €19m, but injuries and a subsequent lack of first-team opportunities limited him to just 21 appearances in all competitions.

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