Vermaelen signs with FC Barcelona for next 5 seasons


Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen poses next to the shield of his new team FC Barcelona at his arrival to the headquarters of the team in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain on 09 August 2014. EFE

— Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen has signed with FC Barcelona for the next five seasons and on Sunday will be presented as a new player for the Spanishleague side, Barça said in a press release.

The centerback, 28, arrived Saturday in Barcelona and successfully passed the obligatory medical exam before signing his new contract.

Barça will pay Arsenal some 15 million euros ($20.1 million) for the player's transfer, plus a variable bonus of another 4 million euros ($5.4 million) if the team wins the Champions League at least twice.

Vermaelen will pose late Saturday afternoon with the Barcelona crest in the offices of the club, and on Sunday, at 12:30 p.m. (1030 GMT), will be presented in the Ricard Maxenchs press room at Camp Nou.