Arsenal are set to benefit financially this summer should Barcelona win the Champions League with the Catalan club expected to pay the remaining £2.8m transfer fee following Thomas Vermaelen’s move, the Daily Express reports.
Vermaelen joined the Champions League finalists in August in a deal worth £15m (via BBC Sport), but as ever with Barcelona, the club agreed a deal which involved performance related bonuses.
The Belgian is yet to make his debut for the club after a disastrous season in terms of his various injury problems; but he was named on the bench for the Champions League semi-final win over Bayern Munich.
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His departure had an effect on us due to Arsene Wenger’s refusal to adequately replace the 29-year-old during the first half of the season, forcing Nacho Monreal to deputise in an unfamiliar role.
Some of our defeats earlier on this season were as a direct result of the club’s decision not to strengthen in that area. Early defeats to Swansea City and Stoke City exposed our lack of options in the central defensive department…
However, former Villarreal man Gabriel has come in and the competition for places within the squad is fierce, a key quality for any big club.
If anything, the news gives us an obvious answer as to who to support in the Champions League final in June! Let’s hope Vermaelen’s team-mates do as a financial favour versus Juventus…