Official: Barcelona sign Vermaelen from Arsenal

The Belgium international passed a thorough medical earlier on Saturday and has now completed a move to the Catalan club for a fee of €19m

By Ben Hayward in Barcelona

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has completed a €19 million move to Barcelona, the Catalan club confirmed on Saturday.

The centre-back agreed to join the Catalan club late last week, after rejecting the overtures of Manchester United in favour of a summer switch to Camp Nou and flew in to Barcelona on Saturday morning for his medical ahead of the transfer, which will cost the Catalans an initial €15m and an additional €4m in extras.

The 28-year-old has been blighted by injuries over the last few seasons and was given a thorough, two-part examination by the Blaugrana at the Hospital de Barcelona and later at the Clinica de la Creu Blanca.

However, Vermaelen came through the tests without any problems and is set to become the second centre-back to join the Catalan club this summer, after Jeremy Mathieu arrived from Valencia in a €20m deal last month.

The defender, who becomes the third former Arsenal captain to join Barca in seven years (after Thierry Henry in 2007 and Cesc Fabregas in 2011), could be unveiled at Camp Nou on Sunday.