By Joe Nelson
Thomas Vermaelen has joined Roma on a season long-loan from Barcelona, it was announced on Monday afternoon.
The Catalan side broke the news via their official Twitter account, in which they stated that it had been agreed that the former Arsenal defender would spend the campaign at the Serie A club.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 8, 2016
The Belgium defender, 30, joins on a one-year loan deal with the option to buy at the end of the season according to the statement released by Barcelona.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was said to be in for the former Arsenal man, but must now look elsewhere, as he searches for more defensive reinforcements before the transfer window slams shut.
The Merseyside outfit have already brought in Ragnar Klavan and Joel Matip from the Bundesliga as defensive cover, but Klopp appears to still be in the market for more steel at the back following the summer departures of Kolo Toure, Martin Skrtel and injury to Mamadou Sakho.
Vermaelen joined Barcelona from Arsenal in the summer of 2014, but his time in Spain was hampered by injury problems, playing just 21 games for the five-time European Cup (Champions League) winners.
He won two La Liga titles, two Copa Del Reys and earned a Champions League medal whilst at the Camp Nou and will now link up with former Arsenal teammate Wojciech Szczęsny, who is also on-loan at Roma from The Gunners.
In other Arsenal transfer news, the club are locked in talks to sign a 25-year-old, but the deal has been delayed by a complication.