Thomas Vermalen’s €15 million transfer to Barcelona has been a disappointing one as the Belgium defender has not made a single appearance for the Spanish club since arriving to the Camp Nou in August of 2014.
Everton has emerged as a club that is interested in securing the services of the player but a transfer will not occur unless Barcelona’s Luis Enrique decides to sell Vermaelen before the player even manages to make an appearance.
Vermaelen has experience playing in the Premier League as the 29 year old defender made over 100 appearances for Arsenal and even managed to wear the captain armband for the Premier League club. Making a move to Everton would feel like something natural to Vermaelen and his vast experience at the English League.
A loan deal is an option that would benefit both Barcelona and Everton as Vermaelen can return to fitness and try to get back to his former self with Everton. This allows the player to get back into the pitch and not have the same kind of pressure and obstacles that would arise with Barcelona.
Signing a solid defender is one of the things that Roberto Martinez wants to do and Vermaelen is certainly a good one if he does manage to fully recover and play like he did a few years ago. Everton has conceded 43 goals in 33 Premier League matches and Roberto Martinez would like to cut that down in the next season.
Roberto Martinez confirmed that him and his team are searching for possible additions to the team as the English manager said:
Everton’s Martinez said: “Yeah, always we are looking at players. As a football club you always do that, even if you are restricted by the windows. We have got a lot of people working and identifying the players that we need to help the players that we already have in place.’’