Arsene Wenger: Barcelona playing in the Premier League would be difficult

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that it would be difficult for English clubs, if Barcelona were to join the Premier League in the future.


Catalonia is currently pushing through its independence referendum from Spain, and Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu admitted this week that the Camp Nou outfit could end their association with La Liga.

In response to this, Wenger joked that he would ‘try to learn Catalan’ and said: “If Barcelona want to join the Premier League, it makes things even more difficult for everybody. I don’t think they have gotten as far as that. It is interesting and there will be incidents on the sporting side as Barcelona are a highly political club. I think it will be interesting to see how they respond in the championship. We have enough clubs here with 20 but if you want to go up to 24, we have to invite the Scottish clubs before we go for the Spanish.”

The English Football League has previously proposed including the likes of Rangers and Celtic in the English division, and SPFL chief Neil Doncaster admitted earlier in June that there is the prospect of the Old Firm playing in England. Continue reading Arsene Wenger: Barcelona playing in the Premier League would be difficult

Everton failed with deadline day move for Thomas Vermaelen

Everton reportedly failed with a deadline day bid to sign former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen from Barcelona.


The Belgium international was impressive during his first pre-season under Ernesto Valverde, and this caught the eye of Ronald Koeman, who was eyeing a left-sided defender, who could provide to Leighton Baines.

According to The Liverpool Echo, the Merseyside outfit held extensive talks with Barcelona over an initial loan deal with an obligation to buy at the end of the season. However, the Spanish giants decided to block the defender’s exit with Marlon Santos having been sent on loan to Nice for the campaign.

Vermaelen, 31, has largely struggled to make an impact since his arrival at Camp Nou in the summer of 2014. The Belgian international has endured a series of injuries during his time in Catalunya, and he was sent on a temporary spell to Roma last season, where he struggled to make the first-team cut. Continue reading Everton failed with deadline day move for Thomas Vermaelen

BARCELONA TO TRADE ARDA TURAN FOR COUTINHO

Reports in Spain claim Barcelona are willing to let ArdaTuran join Liverpool this summer as the Catalan side remain desperate for the signature of Philippe Coutinho.


Barca have been linked with the player for long but the Reds are insistent on keeping the playmaker.

Barcelona, who are searching for new employers for Turan, want to use the former Atletico Madrid man as a deal sweetener to convince Anfield to release Coutinho to them. Turan joined in 2015 but he had to wait until the following year to have his debut due to a transfer ban.

The Turk faced a tough time initially but seemed to find his feet with time. His ball control and dribbling skills were not enough to immerse him in the team. He was a top attacking talent at Vicente Calderon but he has not been able to make his mark at the Nou Camp. Continue reading BARCELONA TO TRADE ARDA TURAN FOR COUTINHO

Crystal Palace plot move for Thomas Vermaelen

Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer is prepared to offer an escape route to Thomas Vermaelen, who has had a miserable spell at Barcelona.


The Belgium international joined the Catalan giants from Arsenal back in the summer of 2014 and has since missed large spells of first-team football through injuries.

Vermaelen has been absent for 65 games in total over the past three seasons including 17 in a season-long loan with AS Roma last term. In spite of this, he has performed efficiently whenever on the playing field, and he has the desire to return to England during this summer’s transfer window.

According to The Sun, the Eagles could lodge a transfer attempt to sign the former Gunners centre-back with de Boer keen on adding more options in the central defensive department. Mamadou Sakho proved a huge hit during his short-term loan from Liverpool last season, but a permanent deal looks a long way off the cards with the Reds having placed a hefty £30m price tag. Continue reading Crystal Palace plot move for Thomas Vermaelen

TORINO AND BESKITAS IN RAT RACE FOR VERMAELEN

Belgium international centre-back, Thomas Vermaelen seems to be out of favour at the Camp Nou after the expiration of his loan out to AS Roma.


His period at AS Roma saw him hit with injury, thus appearing no more than 12 times on competitive levels for the club.

Vermaelen is a player that has always been prone to injury ever since his days at Ajax, and from there in 2009 to Arsenal.

Football Italia has it that the centre back is wanted by both Beskitas and Torino for the next season.

The 31-year old remains a quick defender and also with a keen eye for goals when he is fit. Serie A club, Torino believes the defender would be a wonderful addition to their club for the upcoming season.Torino is looking to take the player on loan next season but wants Barcelona to help them pay his salaries.

However, if Vermaelen is able to stay fit, he might still have a role with Ernesto Valverde’s side for the next season.

Barcelona’s squad seems to be lacking in quality at the centre back, with only two reputable players, Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti holding forte at the position. Continue reading TORINO AND BESKITAS IN RAT RACE FOR VERMAELEN

THOMAS VERMAELEN WEDS LOVER AMID CAREER ISSUES

Former Barcelona star Thomas Vermaelen had wedded his lover Wag Polly Parsons.


The former Arsenal defender wed the lingerie model and TV presenter. Vermaelen used to see Dutch model Aimee van Ommen while Polly was engaged to Sid Owen before meeting the player at a party organized by Robin van Persie.

The 31-year old spent five years at the Emirates before agreeing to a move to Barcelona in 2014. Injuries have plagued his career and after time at AS Roma, the player might not have much left of his career.

Nou Camp are set to make him the first player off as new coach Ernesto Velverde works on the squad. The flop was linked with Premier League side Watford FC but now he is likely to join Turkish side Besiktas.The deal is believed to be around £4.5 million compared to the sum Barca paid the Gunners for him three years back. Continue reading THOMAS VERMAELEN WEDS LOVER AMID CAREER ISSUES

THOMAS VERMAELEN’S FUTURE REMAINS UNCERTAIN

Barcelona star Thomas Vermaelen has dark clouds over his footballing career.


Most clubs are wary of him as he battle fitness concerns despite his rich experience and intelligence as a footballer. The 31-year old centre back has been linked with a move to Premier League side Watford.

He used to play for Arsenal – spending five years – before his £15 million move to Spain to feature for Barcelona. He never really settled at Nou Camp as he suffered different injuries. Eventually, Blaugrana sent him on a season long loan to AS Roma hoping that the change in environment would be for the better. Continue reading THOMAS VERMAELEN’S FUTURE REMAINS UNCERTAIN

WATFORD WANT THOMAS VERMAELEN

Premier League side Watford FC are reportedly interested in landing injury ravaged player Thoma Vermaelen this summer.


Arsenal used to own the player and the Belgian spent five years at the Emirates before he moved to Barcelona in 2014. Barcelona inherited a player that has barely contributed anything meaningful despite paying £15 million for the move to the Nou Camp.

Watford had an underwhelming season but they seem to be planning a resurgence after a decent 2015/16 season. They want the 31-year old centre back to join their back line despite his long history with injuries.

Barcelona thought a change in league would do Vermaelen some good. They shipped the player off to AS Roma this season on a loan deal with the option of a permanent purchase. But Roma also barely enjoyed the player, so they passed up the offer to sign him permanently. He is set to return to Barca this summer as he is under contract until 2019. Continue reading WATFORD WANT THOMAS VERMAELEN

VERMAELEN FATE DEPENDS ON NEW BARCA COACH

Thomas Vermalen’s fate would depend on the new manager at the Nou Camp after Serie A side AS Roma rejected a permanent deal for him.


The Belgian was sent on a loan deal from his Spanish employers Barcelona to Roma but he failed to make his mark there.

The loan deal had an option of permanent purchase but Roma have passed on the offer so he would return to Barcelona at the end of the year.

Vermaelen featured just 11 times for Roma, starting six games. Outgoing Barcelona manager Luis Enrique signed the player from Arsenal for £15 million in the summer of 2014. He failed to make the team and injury crises disturbed his effort until he loaned out. Continue reading VERMAELEN FATE DEPENDS ON NEW BARCA COACH

Is Vermaelen Still Capable of Holding Down a Spot in the National Team?

Thomas Vermaelen is an indisputable legend of the Belgium national team, putting in 58 appearances for the side since 2006. His versatility in the back four and ability to play as a centre-back or a full-back has always worked in his favour, but after a couple of disappointing seasons since leaving Arsenal, could the 31-year-old soon find his position in the Red Devils’ defence in jeopardy?

Since moving to Barcelona from North London at the end of the 2013-14 season, Vermaelen has struggled to recapture the imperious form he displayed during his tenure of 110 top flight games at the Emirates. As such, the European powerhouses sent the Belgian to Roma on loan for the 2016-17 campaign, deeming him surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp. Continue reading Is Vermaelen Still Capable of Holding Down a Spot in the National Team?