Just a month before, the club of Southampton was seen to be in a deal with Barcelona’s player, Thomas Vermaelen, the centre-back player which seems to have taken another move forward by the club’s step of signing Jeison Murillo from the football club Valencia, on loan.

A grave and severe injury due to a torn muscle in the right calf made it necessary for the club to take action as he was the club’s fourth choice for the position of a central defender. This step was due to Mundo Deportivo earlier claiming that the former captain of the Arsenal team would be leaving in the summer season while the situation would be monitored by Saints and Watford.

Now with the inclusion of Murillo, alongside an option of making the aforementioned deal in a permanent nature, while including the agreement; it appeared to be nearly impossible for the centre-back Thomas Vermaelen to go in for a return.

In spite of the shifts and changes in the hierarchy of the order of Saint Mary’s in the particular time frame, Thomas Vermaelen is still said to have to be able to represent a perfectly viable option in light of the condition that he must be able to show that he is capable of maintaining his fitness.

As was already witnessed and proven in the Premier League and along with this the potential of a seasoned player bringing along with him the experience to a relatively younger backline, the addition of Thomas Vermaelen may appear in the form of a bargain if Barcelona is so intent on getting him off the wage bill.

The injury and future fitness after recovery may play an important role in determining the path the deal takes, though Southampton still appears to be one step further to the signing of the deal.