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Barcelona confirm Thomas Vermaelen signing

Belgian international defender Thomas Vermaelen completes his move from Arsenal to Barcelona on a five-year contract.

Barcelona have confirmed the signing of Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen from Arsenal on a five-year deal.

Vermaelen, who will be unveiled to the media on Sunday, was at the Gunners for six years after joining from Ajax.

Manchester United had previously expressed an interest in the centre-back but reportedly pulled out of negotiations due to their refusal to consider a player swap deal with Arsenal.

Vermaelen made over 100 appearances for Arsenal.

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Arsenal's Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen is seen during training for the forthcoming UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match against Bayern Munich at Arsenal's training ground, London Colney, North London, England on February 18, 2013
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