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Roma will not sign Vermaelen

Roma are increasingly concerned at the on-going injury problems of Thomas Vermaelen, who has been diagnosed with athletic pubalgia.

Roma will not exercise their purchase option to sign on-loan Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen, according to reports in Italy.

Vermaelen joined Roma on loan last summer but injuries have hampered his stay in Serie A.

As such, senior Roma figures have already decided that they will not activate the purchase option clause that was inserted into his deal last summer.

The former Arsenal centre-back is contracted to Barcelona until the summer of 2019.

Note that Vermaelen has made 12 appearances during this season.