Vermaelen signs with FC Barcelona for next 5 seasons
Barcelona, Aug 9 (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.