Report: Everton interested in Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen, loan deal suggested

Thomas Vermaelen Pre FA Cup Press Conference

The ex-Arsenal man could be heading back to the Premier League.

According to Spanish media outlet Sport, Everton are reportedly keen on brining Thomas Vermaelen back to England after his unsuccessful spell in La Liga.

The Belgian centre-back, 29, has still not made his first-team debut for Barca, having been struck down by a long term injury prior to the start of this season.

He signed for the Catalan club from Arsenal last summer for a £15 million fee, leaving the Emirates Stadium after losing his place in the starting XI. He had totalled just 21 appearances in his last season in North London, and his departure came as no surprise.

Despite his lack of game time for Barca, and his injury-plagued season, Everton’s interest in being mooted, with Roberto Martinez keen to bring him to Goodison Park.

The report also states that Barca could be willing to do a deal if only a temporary one, as they are keen to see Vermaelen recover to full fitness elsewhere before bringing him back to Camp Nou ready to claim a first-team role.

Would Vermaelen be a good signing?

Considering his Premier League experience, the Belgian international is certainly good enough to stake a claim in a top level side fighting for Europe, which is what the Toffees should be aiming for next season.

Sylvain Distin is 37-years-old, with a contract expiring this season, whilst Phil Jagielka is also in his early 30’s. There is certainly a place in that squad for an experienced and athletic defender to play alongside John Stones, whilst Vermaelen’s versatility also makes him a solid option in the left-back position.

A good signing if completed, and with a loan deal suggested, one that would not financially drain the Toffees.

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