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Barcelona signs defender Vermaelen from Arsenal
Barcelona signs defender Thomas Vermaelen from Arsenal to 5-year deal
Associated Press
2014-08-10 03:01 AM

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Barcelona says Belgium defender Thomas Vermaelen has agreed to join the club on a five-year contract from Arsenal.

Barcelona says Vermaelen will be presented on Sunday.

The 28-year-old Vermaelen will compete with Gerard Pique, Javier Mascherano, and fellow newcomer Jeremy Mathieu for playing time in the center of Barcelona's defense.

The Spanish club did not release the financial details of the deal with Arsenal.

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