Out-of-favour Vermaelen may quit Arsenal in search of playing time with Barca lurking
Thomas Vermaelen fears he may have to leave Arsenal to keep alive hopes of playing in the World Cup for Belgium.
Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker are Arsenal’s first-choice partnership and manager Arsene Wenger may sign Swansea defender Ashley Williams this summer.
Barcelona are monitoring the situation.
Meanwhile, Bristol City have signed Arsenal’s 19-year-old midfielder Jordan Wynter.