Thomas Vermaelen is reportedly keen on a return to the Premier League amid alleged interest from West Brom.
Former Arsenal centre-back, Vermaelen, would apparently welcome a return to England, claims Mundo Deportivo.
The 31-year-old, who signed for Barcelona three years ago, is eager to get as much game time as possible under his belt seeing as the World Cup in Russia is next year.
The Belgium international apparently realised that he won’t be able to do this with the La Liga club and is eager to move.
Vermaelen has only made 21 appearances for Barcelona since signing for them for a reported £15m back in 2014. His injury woes, which apparently haven’t put off West Brom, have severely hampered his time in Spain. In fact, he was even left out of Ernesto Valverde’s squad to face Real Madrid in the Super Cup on Sunday after picking up an injury in pre-season against Gimnàstic de Tarragona.
The defender has two years left on his current deal with the Catalans, so if they’re going to make any money at all and potentially avoid paying Arsenal that rumoured additional fee, they’re going to have to offload him this summer.
Considering Barca loaned him out to Roma last term and he only made nine Serie A appearances while there, you’d have to imagine that, at this point, another loan deal is probably out of the question.
Poor Verm’ isn’t even a squad player anymore, as he’s hardly ever fit, so goodness knows how Tony Pulis plans to use him.
Everton, Crystal Palace and Anderlecht have also been linked.