Everton are targeting a move for Barcelona central defender Thomas Vermaelen and are likely to make a bid for the Belgian in the summer, according to the Metro.
Having struggled defensively this season, a problem which has made a significant contribution towards their current position of 12th in the Premier League, Everton are keen to bolster their options at the back and may be seeing Vermaelen as a possible replacement for veteran centre-back Sylvain Distin.
A fee for Vermaelen has not been mooted, but Barcelona are aware that recouping the £15m spent for the 29-year-old would be highly unlikely given his injury problems.
Vermaelen spent five years at Arsenal from 2009, but gradually fell out of favour in the final two years of his stay despite being made club captain in August 2012.
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