By FOX Sports staff
Although the Belgium international has been one of the Barclays Premier League's most-consistent defenders since the Gunners in 2009 and is currently the club captain, he has struggled to break into the starting XI this season.
Instead, manager Arsene Wenger has opted to field German Per Mertesacker and Frenchman Laurent Koscielny as his first-choice centre-back pairing, leaving Vermaelen having to settle for a spot on the bench.
And reports emanating from the United Kingdom suggest that the 27-year-old could be wearing a different jersey come the start of next season.
The Sun believes Arsenal are willing to part ways with the player for £5million as Wenger looks to pursue his interest in Swansea captain Ashley Williams, although they claim the Belgian is desperate to remain in north London.
The Daily Mail, on the other hand, are reporting that Vermaelen is considering leaving the club as he does not want to lose his place in the national team ahead of next year's FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Furthermore, the paper named Barca as a prospective suitor given they are likely to be making defensive reinforcements this summer in lieu of captain Carles Puyol's increasing years, as well as their lack of genuine options at centre-back.
Vermaelen featured just once during Arsenal's fantastic end to the season, which saw them pip local rivals to the fourth and final UEFA Champions League qualifying spot, and even then he was immediately displaced from the starting XI once Mertesacker returned from suspension.
While he is equally adept on the left of defence, the fact that Wenger has two up-and-coming, natural left-backs in Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal suggests that Vermaelen could find opportunities with the Gunners limited next season if his French manager does not see a future for him at centre-back.