Chelsea have their sights set on former Arsenal captain and current Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen as a potential replacement for John Terry, after it was revealed that the Blues are not planning to offer Terry a new deal.
The 35-year-old revealed after Sunday’s FA Cup game against MK Dons that Chelsea has decided not to renew his contract, and he was informed of the decision before the last week’s win over Arsenal, with the uncertainty surrounding the club’s managerial situation.
With Terry looking set for an exit, Spanish sports news outlet Fichajes reported that Thomas Vermaelen could be the experienced centre-back to replace the Blues captain, having struggled for playing time at Nou Camp.
Due to a load of injuries, Vermaelen started just eight Premier League matches between his final season at Arsenal and his first at Barcelona. The 30-year-old Belgian international has made just six La Liga appearances this season, with Luis Enrique favouring Javier Mascherano, Gerard Pique and even Jeremy Mathieu.
Vermaelen played a total of 150 matches for Arsenal, after joining them in 2007 from Dutch side Ajax for £8.4m. He scored 15 goals and provided six assists, before joining Barcelona in the summer of 2014 for a transfer fee of £13.30m. Vermaelen has been capped 49 times for Belgium.
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