It’s deadline day and a lot of nonsense will be flying around, so let’s try and clear up some of it as we go on.
Monday morning has seen some overnight reports coming from Spain that Chelsea are interested in former Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen. The Belgian is struggling for minutes at Barcelona, so could this happen?
Sport are saying that Metro have alleged that Vermaelen is being considered in West London with the team struggling at the back and John Terry set to leave the club at the end of the season. However, the only Metro article on Vermaelen and Chelsea published before Sport‘s claim was an opinion piece.
The rumour is now going around, with Fichajes writing something on it too, and has gone full circle back to Metro, who cite Fichajes as a source saying there has been a bis. How ridiculous.
Vermaelen himself probably would be open to the idea, as he has struggled in Spain. His most recent performance saw him subbed half-time against Malaga. However, he’s Champions League cup-tied and Barcelona would be left with no time to find a replacement. This very obviously isn’t happening, and Vermaelen could feature against the Gunners as they meet the Spanish champions in the last 16 of the Champions League later this month.