Congratulations to Aston Villa. It’s not even September yet and somehow Steve Bruce has managed to get the Championship side promoted.

Spanish newspaper AS have a Wednesday feature on players Barcelona are trying to ship out, and have been for a while without much luck, with Thomas Vermaelen one of the major candidates/culprits.

For Vermaelen there’s ‘some hope’ because AS say the defender has offers from Premier League clubs Crystal Palace and Aston Villa. Yep, Villa now join Crystal Palace in England’s top division.

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It’s been a long transfer window, so AS can be forgiven, but the repeated claims of Vermaelen interest are getting tiresome.

On Tuesday it was Everton and West Brom linked in Belgium, and today it’s the turn of Aston Villa and Crystal Palace.

Half the Premier League have been linked to the injury cursed defender, who is excellent at his best, and now it seems Championship clubs are being sneaked in.