In an exciting UEFA Champions League match pitting Antwerp against Shakhtar, FC Barcelona’s eyes were on one player in particular: Arthur Vermeeren. The Belgian midfielder, only 18 years old, is being targeted by Barça’s sports department as a potential addition for the future.
Despite his team’s defeat, Vermeeren shone on the field, demonstrating why he has become one of the most sought-after centers in Europe. His performances have not gone unnoticed, and Vermeeren’s name has been on the Barça table for many months, as reported by the Catalan newspaper ‘ Sport ‘.
This summer his incorporation was contemplated, but the lack of resources made any negotiation unfeasible. However, the coaching staff and the sports area continue to monitor his development this season, evaluating his evolution.
In that exciting Champions League duel, Vermeeren became the second Belgian player in the history of the tournament to provide two goal assists, an achievement that only Kevin de Bruyne had achieved before him. Despite his youth, the midfielder leads his team in the Belgian league, although the Champions League seems too big a challenge for them this season.
FC Barcelona has been looking for a replacement for Sergio Busquets, a crucial figure in its scheme. Although Oriol Romeu has played a satisfactory role in that position, the club is in search of a player who can have a long-term career in that position.
Vermeeren has a real market value of €17 million, but Antwerp has shown no interest in selling him. Premier League teams, including Manchester United, are also following the young footballer closely.