Thomas Vermaelen wants to return to England. The Belgian international is due to leave Barcelona and has been linked with a move to Qatari club Al-Arabi- though his priority is to remain in Europe. Vermaelen’s wife is English and is understood to want to return to her homeland though the player has received no firm offers.
The former Arsenal star has attracted interest from clubs in the US, China as well as Greek club Olympiakos. The 33-year-old has struggled with injuries throughout his career and this will make him a big risk to whichever club he moves to next.