Ex-Arsenal star Vermaelen snubs Kompany's player-coach offer to join Olympiakos
EX-ARSENAL star Thomas Vermaelen has reportedly snubbed the chance to become Vincent Kompany’s first Anderlecht signing.
The 33-year-old Barcelona defender is instead set to undergo a medical with Greek giants Olympiakos instead.
Belgian outlet Het Laatste Nieuws were the first to report Kompany’s offer to the experience centre-half.
Vermaelen, who is out of contract at Barca, is available on a free transfer this summer.
After an injury-ravaged five years at the Nou Camp, the veteran is hoping to resurrect his career with a fresh challenge.
And Kompany, who left Manchester City to become player-manager at Anderlecht in May, wanted his former Belgium international team-mate to not only be the linchpin of his backline but to join his coaching staff.
But Vermaelen is believed to have rejected the three-year contract and the opportunity to return to his homeland.
And that is allegedly because he is closing in on a move to Greece.
Today’s report states he will head to of Piraeus in Athens to undergo a medical examination over the coming days.
Kompany and Olympiakos were not the only clubs interested in the experienced left-footer.
Vermaelen has also received offers from the Chinese Super League and the Middle East.
The star has suffered a miserable time off it since leaving Arsenal for Barca.
He was sent to Serie A outfit Roma on loan during the 2016/17 campaign but failed to do enough to earn a permanent move.
Now the La Liga champions have decided against offering him a one-year extension and will allow him to leave for nothing.The worst Premier League misses of the season featuring Sakho, Aguero, Ritchie and Morrison
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