Chelsea are said to be going for a sensational move to bring back former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen to the Premier League from La Liga giants Barcelona, according to reports from Spain.
As soon as the news emerged over the weekend that club’s legendary defender John Terry will be leaving Stamford Bridge at the end of this season, Chelsea jumped into the transfer market for a replacement, and have now reportedly eyeing the Belgian defender as a potential replacement.
The 30-year-old former Arsenal star has really struggled for game time at the Nou Camp after he left London, with persistent injuries hampering his chances, and it now appears that he might decide to leave the La Liga giants in order to reignite his frustrating career. And the report also claims that the Blues hierarchy is ready to give him the opportunity with an offer to join them in the summer.
Barcelona are also expected to be open to let him move on, having failed to make any virtual impact during his time at the Camp Nou. Manager Luis Enrique believes there is no point to have five centre-backs on his disposal and although Jeremy Mathieu has hardly proved himself recently, he can still double as a left-back as and when the team needs.
This aspect potentially allows Vermaelen to be targeted by other clubs and Chelsea should seriously consider what he can bring to the Blues squad. John Terry has already announced he will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of this season. He is also often beaten for pace and is actually starting to be outmuscled in aerial ball, which at times had almost always been his forte.
If the Blues want to continue with their recent upward revival, then to improve some big decisions need to be made as early as possible. Vermaelen can be used as a short-term acquisition; his skill set would operate perfectly along with Kurt Zouma’s and will produce more balance to the heart of Chelsea defence as a result.
The Belgian wouldn’t be outgunned and he can continue to dominate in the aerial challenges, therefore he will be an asset at both ends of the field. At 30 years of age, he still has left at least 18 months at the top level and seems to be over the worst of his injury problems.
Chelsea however, could truly succeed with the bargain were Barca were hopeful of, if they move forward for the deal to go through on deadline day.