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


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

Vermaelen wants to play again

Thomas Vermaelen said that he is desperate to play regularly and that he wants to win his place back in the first team.

The Roma defender stated that he has been enjoying a poor season so far where he has suffered numerous injuries, but he feels that he is getting better.

The former Arsenal player said that there is nothing worst for a footballer to find your teammates enjoying themselves on the pitch while you are watching from the stand. He stated that he is a competitive player and that he always wants to be on the pitch fighting for his team.

Indeed Thomas Vermaelen has suffered many injuries ever since he made a move to Roma and he feels that it is high time that he gets a good run in the team. Continue reading Vermaelen wants to play again

Is Thomas Vermaelen not going to return to Barcelona?

Thomas Vermaelen only has a few months left on his contract with the Italian outfit As.Roma as his loan deal with be reaching it’s end on August but it seems like the veteran defender is not interested in making a return to his parent club Barcelona.

The 31 year old Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen has always struggled with injuries throughout the entirety of his career as he has been injured in just about every club that he has performed in.

When was wearing the Arsenal jersey a few years ago, he sustained various injuries which kept him out of the pitch for a significantly long period of time but there was one in specific that forced him to stay on the sidelines for around 8 months.

After spending 5 years with Arsenal, Vermaelen joined Barcelona and injuries continued affected him as the Belgian player picked up a hamstring injury that left him off of the pitch for 4 months and many other physical problems have emerged which has only further increased his time on the sidelines. Continue reading Is Thomas Vermaelen not going to return to Barcelona?

Roberto Martinez Expects Key Contribution from Thomas Vermaelen

Belgian national team boss Roberto Martinez expects injury prone defender Thomas Vermaelen to play a key role for Roma this season.

Vermaelen’s career has been hit hard by injuries over the last five years. When he moved at Arsenal as a highly talented player from Ajax back in 2009, Vermaelen was regarded as one of the best centre backs in the world. He became so influential in the Arsenal team that he was even made is the captain of the gunners just a few years after his arrival. However, things became especially poor for the player when he suffered his first major injury in the 2010-11 campaign.

An Achilles tendon injury was blamed as the reason for the player managing only five appearances throughout the campaign. However, not many expected that this poor injury record to continue since the player had never encountered such a major problem previously in his career. It turned out to be a recurring issue with Vermaelen only managing 21 appearances in all competitions in his final season at the club. Continue reading Roberto Martinez Expects Key Contribution from Thomas Vermaelen

Thomas Vermaelen Being Pursued By Juventus

Thomas Vermaelen, the former Arsenal captain and defender are being looked at by Juventus for a possible inclusion in their team. Though summer moves are coming up, this proposal has come in early. Thomas has not been featured much since he joined the Gunners team in 2014. He is currently a Barcelona defender. He has made only eleven appearances in La Liga till now.

Thomas has suffered injuries as well. The first season that he joined Nou Camp he suffered a strain in the thigh. He has also been struggling with his performance this term as he tried to dislodge the pairing between Gerard Pique and Javier Macherano. However, things may be looking up for him now.

Juventus is looking to contact him in Barca and discuss a summer move. However the club has also targeted to win over Mehdi Benatia who is part of the Bayern Munich’s team. Vermaelen has played 150 times in five seasons when he was with Arsenal. He became club captain in the final years when Robin van Persie moved to Manchester United. Continue reading Thomas Vermaelen Being Pursued By Juventus

Vermaelen talks about what makes Barcelona so dominant

Thomas Vermaelen underwent surgery in December of 2014 as he wanted to resolve his repetitive hamstring injuries and the Belgian appears to be fully fit with no injuries but even after managing to recover from his string of physical problems, he is struggling to land a spot in the starting lineup of Barcelona’s Luis Enrique.

The Belgian is mostly being utilized as a substitute player with limited playing time. Even though Vermaelen is clearly not one of the main stars of Barcelona, the experienced defender has played and trained enough with the Spanish club that he knows what are a few of the things that makes his team so strong and dominant in the world of football and Vermaelen said: ‘’The first thing I noticed here was the intensity of the pressing. The pressure is on straight away when we lose the ball. We do a lot of positioning games, focusing on getting the ball back. The pressure the players put on you is incredible, you have no time on the ball. We always do it at the start of training, it doesn’t only warm you up but it’s a training session in itself, you try to keep the ball in possession and make the guys in the middle do the pressing.’’ Continue reading Vermaelen talks about what makes Barcelona so dominant

Thierry Henry is of the opinion that the club still needs to bring can as much as for top players

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry is of the opinion that the club still needs to bring can as much as for top players in order to compete with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City.

Arsenal have brought in Petr Cech for £ 11 million as their only major signing of the summer. Goalkeeper position was seen as an important area of concern during the summer transfer window and many fans have been happy with this new signing.Cech has been the first choice at Chelsea for more than a decade and he is still a world-class goalkeeper.

However, Henry has recalled that Chelsea finished last season a whopping 12 points ahead of Arsenal and this gap is unlikely to be closed anytime soon if Cech remains the only major signing for the gunners in this transfer window. Olivier Giroud had a major role to play in Arsenal finishing third in the table, but the Frenchman missed a good portion of the first half due to injury.

In his absence, the club was not able to find any replacement goal scorer, in spite of being linked with plenty by the Transfer Rumours website. After they have sold Lukas Podolski, the situation has only worsened. Henry has identified a striker – amongst other positions – that need strengthening almost immediately. Continue reading Thierry Henry is of the opinion that the club still needs to bring can as much as for top players

Thomas Vermaelen did not take long to open his account for Barcelona

Thomas Vermaelen did not take long to open his account for Barcelona.

The defender scored his fourth appearance for the Catalan club, who managed a 1-0 win over Malaga as a result. The former Arsenal defender failed to make any sort of an impact last season as he was injured throughout the campaign. Now, though, he has spoken in length about how he wants to repay the faith of the Barcelona supporters. Vermaelen was a £ 16 million signing from Arsenal last summer. He was brought to the club as the replacement for Carlos Puyol.

His return to the first-team could not have come at a better time since Barcelona are short on numbers especially at the back. Sky Sports pundit Terry Gibson claims that the Belgian international feels like a new signing for the reigning while the champions. At 29 years of age, he still has the ability to deliver for a few number of years at the top level. Barcelona needed a quality centre back in order to avoid overreliance upon Gerard Pique or Javier Mascherano. Gibson says that Vermaelen has always remained a quality player and he is surprised with how Arsenal fans still doubt him. Continue reading Thomas Vermaelen did not take long to open his account for Barcelona

Michael Platini plays a cruel joke on Barcelona’s Thomas Vermaelen

Even though Thomas Vermaelen did not play a single match or a single minute of European football in the previous season, the Belgium defender was still awarded with a Champions League medal.

Vermaelen was signed by Barcelona for a transfer fee of €15 million on August of 2014 but the defender still hasn’t proved his worth to the Spanish club as Vermaelen has been plagued with a number of injuries that have forced him to stay out of action for the majority of the season.

It doesn’t look like Barcelona has needed Vermaelen to be in form as the Spanish club has still managed to win all the major trophies that they competed on including: La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League.

Vermaelen did not an important role in Barcelona’s treble but the Belgium player was still given a taste of success as he received medals of the Copa del Rey, La Liga and Champions League and after searching around football websites, Vermaelen is recognized as a holder of these pieces of silverware despite being absent from almost all of them. Continue reading Michael Platini plays a cruel joke on Barcelona’s Thomas Vermaelen