Thomas Vermaelen has been having nightmares about his next career move and this is not about to stop soon.
His fitness record is a major blot on his marketability despite his intelligence, capabilities and experience as a defender.
Since his move to Barcelona from the Emirates Stadium, the Belgium international has not had it easy. His time at the Nou Camp has been blighted by injuries. Even when he went on loan to Roma, it was not a pleasant experience as well.
Barcelona are trying to cut their losses so they invited offers for the player. For an experienced one that has featured for Ajax, Arsenal, Barcelona and Roma, you would wonder why many sides are not coming forth. The struggling centre back is at best linked to clubs that would eventually fail to reach out.
There were reports that Crystal Palace were interested in the player. Coach Frank de Boer was named an interested manager in the Ajax talent but nothing has come forth until now. Italian side Torino were also linked with the player as they wanted to boost their defensive ranks. Even Southampton were linked but nothing concrete has happened.
Till date Barcelona are struggling to let go of the player that they spent so much to get. For now the player is training with the Catalan giants. He posted online a picture of himself at the training ground with his teammates.
Some clubs might accept to get the player on a year loan deal but Barcelona are seeking outright buyers. If fit, the player is a decent addition but the recurrent injury concerns scares off potential interests. If Ernesto Valverde fails to get him off the books, the Belgian might remain at the club but he would be well managed to contribute anything substantial.