Thomas Vermaelen joins Arsenal

Thomas Vermaelen joins Arsenal

Ajax and Arsenal FC have reached agreement about the transfer of Thomas Vermaelen. The transfer has a total worth of 12 million euro, of which 10 million fixed and 2 million variable.

Vermaelen (born 14 November 1985) joined the Ajax youth academy at age 15. He signed his first contract in 2003. Vermaelen joined Ajax from former affiliate Germinal Beerschot. He made his debut in Ajax 1 at age 18 on 15 February 2004 in the match FC Volendam - Ajax (0-2). Vermaelen played 143 official matches for Ajax, in which he scored 10 goals. The defender won the national title with Ajax in 2004, the Johan Cruijff Shield in 2005 and both the Dutch FA Cup and the Johan Cruijff Shield in 2006 and 2007.

Vermaelen playeed on loan for RKC Waalwijk in the 2004-2005 season. He has earned 21 caps for Belgium.

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