Barcelona grant Thomas Vermaelen permission for Roma medical

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The Belgium international is on the verge of joining the Serie A side ahead of the 2016/17 season, subject to a medical.

And Barca on Sunday afternoon announced their decision to grant Vermaelen permission to fly to Rome on their official Twitter account.

Vermaelen has struggled for playing time at the Camp Nou after making the switch from Arsenal in 2014, and made just 16 starts during his time in Spain.