The failure to get former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen in the summer transfer window, served as a major boost for Manchester United. Louis van Gaal who had identified the Belgian as a key target, joined Barcelona instead for GBP 15m. Since then the versatile defender hasn't featured for the Catalan giants so far and is out until towards the end of the season.
Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu has a right ankle problem and missed training on Wednesday, as Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Thomas Vermaelen continued their recuperation from injury, the La Liga club said.
Barcelona have spent £127m so far this summer and the shopping spree is expected to continue with less than three weeks remaining for the summer transfer window to close. So with a new manager, six signings and Luis Suarez amongst them, will the Catalans go big this season in La Liga? On paper, they go in as the favourites, but Madrid duo are well in for the race for Spanish glory.
Manchester United`s loss is Barcelona`s gain. Arsenal warded off United`s offer by asking a player in return for the 28-year-old Thomas Vermaelen. Arsene Wenger will feel satisfied as the 28-year old will go to Spain rather than play for their rivals in the English Premier League.
Expect a blockbuster beginning to this season as the FA Community Shield is at stake with two English powerhouses battling for glory. Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger will look to get his hands full at Wembley when his side takes on English champions Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday.
English powerhouse Manchester United are prepared to stump up £15million to beat Barcelona to the signature of Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen. The Red Devils are also going in for Dutch star Daley Blind who would fight for a place with Luke Shaw.
The trend of Arsenal`s club captain leaving the club in the summer is set to continue this year as well. Manager Arsene Wenger has indicated Thomas Vermaeleb may leave the North London club before the transfer window concludes on August 1.