Sports Arsenal accepts Barcelona's £15million for Thomas Vermaelen

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Arsenal have accepted a £15million bid from Barcelona for the sale of Belgian centre back Thomas Vermaelen.

Vermaelen refused to extend his contract with Arsenal and was linked with a move to Manchester United,although Arsene Wenger admitted that he would prefer to sell him to a club abroad.

The 28-year old will now have to agree personal terms with the Spanish club and pass a medical before the deal is completed.

Vermaelen joined Arsenal from Ajax in 2009 and has made 150 appearances in all competitions,but lost his place in the starting eleven,with Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker the preferred choice in defence.

He would become Barcelona's second centre-back signing this summer after Valencia's Jeremy Mathieu.

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