Where will Thomas Vermaelen transfer to in the summer?

Where will Thomas Vermaelen transfer to in the summer?

Thomas Vermaelen leaves Barcelona on a free transfer

Another summer means another selection of players who’ve reached the end of their current contract, prompting a big decision over where they choose to move next. Notable free agents include Daniel Sturridge, Gary Cahill, Danny Welbeck and Andy Carroll, with Yaya Toure joining Qingdao Huanghai, and Franck Ribery peculiarly being linked to Sheffield United. Thomas Vermaelan is another out-of-contract player, and he’s in a precarious position after completing a far from pleasing five-year stint at Barcelona.

Once one of the most efficient defenders in the Premier League, Thomas Vermaelen presented his best form at Arsenal between 2009 and 2014, only falling out of the side when Arsene Wenger made the controversial choice to go for the centre-back partnership of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, leaving the Belgian on the bench. It looked like a coup for Barcelona, who signed one of the world’s best defenders for £15 million, but thirty-four appearances in five years proved Wenger to be correct in his assessment of the player.

In a dedicated section on their app and website, Sky Bet cater to football odds on free agents. Thomas Vermaelen is the latest player to feature, where there’s a total of seven clubs with a price ranging from 2/1 to 12/1. The odds are expected to be short due to the chances of Thomas Vermaelen choosing to move anywhere upon leaving Barcelona, with China, England, Belgium, Holland, the USA and Italy all seeming like possible routes to take.

Roma could look to re-sign Thomas Vermaelen

Almost as soon as Thomas Vermaelen arrived at Camp Nou, the defender suffered injury after injury, ruining his first two years at the club and cancelling out any hopes of becoming a regular figure in the starting eleven. It reached a point where even a fully-fit Thomas Vermalen was going unnoticed as he faded into the background, leading to a loan at Roma in 2016, where he showed elements of what originally caught the attention of his parent club.

His opening game ended in a poor way as he was sent off against Porto in the Champions League, and the move was never made permanent due to continued problems with reoccurring injuries, but Roma could now be interested in bringing him back to the Italian capital. Paulo Fonseco is keen on acquiring a defender ever since taking on the role, and Vermaelen could be challenging fellow-Belgian Toby Alderweireld for a chance at the Stadio Olimpico, as Sky Bet price Roma as 2/1 favourites.

Usually perceived as being a retirement home for former greats, the MLS comes as second favourite at 5/2, before things become harder to believe in Championship side Leeds United being linked to the Belgium international at 5/1. China is often where a lot of top players end up due to the hefty wages paid by most Chinese Super League clubs, so it comes as no shock for any Chinese club to be priced at 6/1. Problems back at his former club have also seen Laurent Koscielny heading for the exit door, so it could be the case that he returns to replace the man who once forced him out of the Emirates, with odds of 8/1 for him to go back to Arsenal.

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur North London Derby Thomas Vermaelen

Thomas Vermaelen was a key player for Arsenal before leaving to play for Barcelona in 2014.

Full Thomas Vermaelen Next Club Odds:

(All odds taken from Sky Bet)

Roma – 2/1

Any MLS Club – 5/2

Leeds United – 5/1

Any Chinese Super League club – 6/1

Arsenal – 8/1

Club Brugge – 9/1

Ajax – 12/1

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