Barcelona released a statement on their official website confirming the move of Thomas Vermaelen to Roma.
The Spanish side announced: “FC Barcelona and AS Roma have reached an agreement for the loan of Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen for the 2016/17 season. The Italian club contractually agrees that the participation of the player remains active during the loan. The agreement includes an option for Roma to buy the player at the end of the 2016/17 season.”
Roma also released a statmement confirming the deal, however, it was revealed the Belgian will arrive on a free loan with an option to buy.