Thomas Vermaelen has an offer on the table from Liverpool

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Thomas Vermaelen is still a member of Barcelona's squad but has been told by Luis Enrique that he faces a season on the bench if he decides to stay beyond the summer.

Unsurprisingly, the Belgian has been urged to consider a move away from Camp Nou just two seasons after joining from Arsenal. Vermaelen has been a much-maligned figure amongst Barcelona fans after spending the majority of his time on the treatment table.

Enrique hardly inspired confidence in the 30-year-old after spending around €30million to sign Samuel Umtiti from Lyon while he also remains behind Gerard Pique and Jeremy Mathieu.

But despite being one of the most injury-prone footballers in the game today, he still has two tempting offers on the table, according to Spanish newspaper AS.

They say AS Roma have informed Vermaelen's representatives of their interest and have been joined by Premier League outfit Liverpool.

The decision is down to Vermaelen. Does he want to stay at the best club in world football, continue training with the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez but never play, or does he go in search of a more prominent role at a lesser club?

Move to Liverpool

He will be wary of the fact that the situation may not improve under Jurgen Klopp. Liverpool have already added Joel Matip to their ranks and also have Mamadou Sakho, Dejan Lovren and the young prospect Joe Gomez available.

There are suggestions that Sakho could be sold after becoming a general annoyance to Klopp but it may take a bit more than a practical joke for the German to give up on a man with the potential to be a quality defender.

Arsenal interest

News of Liverpool's offer comes only days after their Premier League rivals Arsenal were linked with a move. Arsene Wenger is in need of an experienced defender after losing Per Mertesacker to a knee injury and Vermaelen would be a cheap, short-term option.

However, Arsenal are prioritising Valencia star Shkodran Mustafi, who has been linked with a £25m move to the Emirates.

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