Liverpool have made an offer for out-of-favour Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen, according to reports.
According to a report by SPORT, Liverpool have made an offer for Thomas Vermaelen, who it seems has been made available for interested clubs. It’s come from Liverpool, who have been reported to have made contact with the former Arsenal captain’s representatives weeks before tabling a bid. The Merseyside team are looking to bring the Belgian to England for around €10 million.
Other clubs noted to be interested in acquiring the Belgian’s services are Chelsea and West Ham. Turkish clubs are also been rumoured to be interested. Besiktas want him, but Vermaelen’s first priority is to go back to the UK.
The Belgian defender would prefer a move back to the Premier League where he made a name for himself as a no-nonsense, goal scoring centre back. Vermaelen left Arsenal after 5 good years with the club where he eventually went on to captain the side for the last two years and finish his last season with an FA Cup winner’s medal.
Vermaelen to the Kop
Vermaelen has endured a torrid time at the Nou Camp, plagued by injuries and lack of game time. He began this season with active participation, but he has since seen game time reduce gradually. Barcelona are looking to make changes to their defence and have been linked with moves for PSG duo Marquinhos and Thiago Silva.
In light of recent developments regarding Mamadou Sakho’s failed drug test. Liverpool seem to be preparing for life without the Frenchman for a while and the Belgian Vermaelen would bring a wealth of experience and leadership to Liverpool’s back four. While Vermaelen may have been a bit erratic towards the end of his time at Arsenal, it was more down to injuries and losing his place in the team. Liverpool could use his experience and leadership at the back as Jurgen Klopp aims to finish higher in the table. And if they win the Europa League and qualify for the Champions League, his experience would be of immense help.