Is Barcelona planning to offload Vermaelen during the summer?

Ever since Thomas Vermaelen joined Barcelona on August of 2014, the Belgian defender has spent the majority of the time either on the sidelines or out of the pitch all-together due to injury.

Vermaelen has made less than 15 appearances for Barcelona and it’s now being rumored that the Spanish club is prepared to sell him during the summer transfer window. The 30 year old defender still has 3 more years left on his contract with Barcelona but after having gone through such a difficult start to his career in Camp Nou, his time with the team of Luis Enrique might be over as he is being linked with different clubs.

One of the clubs that is being linked with Thomas Vermaelen is Juventus as the Italian club is eyeing the veteran defender as a backup player that they can sign in case they aren’t able to secure the services of Medhi Benatia.

Medhi Benatia is a 29 year old defender who performs with Bayern Munich and he has entered the watch-list of Juventus, the Italian club is expected to launch an offer for the defender but if they aren’t able to sign him in the summer then Thomas Vermaelen will turn into an alternative for Juventus.

Besiktas is another club that is being linked with Thomas Vermaelen as the Turkish club is becoming a potential football destination for the Belgian defender who has seen his career take a downhill road ever since he left Arsenal and opted to test his luck in Spain with Barcelona.

Whether Vermaelen joins Juventus or Besiktas or any other club, the best option for Thomas Vermaelen seems to be of making a move away from Barcelona as he hasn’t found his place in the team of Luis Enrique and in order for him to kick-start his career back to life, joining another club might be what he needs to start getting consistent playing time.