But that has not stopped new Eagles boss Frank De Boer from preparing to offer him an escape route from Barca, according to the Daily Mirror.
Previously, in his career, the Belgian worldwide had a successful spell at Arsenal, it remains to be seen whether the player fancies a second spell in London playing in the EPL.
Now whether the club, based in South London, are successful, remains to be seen.
Thomas Vermaelen averaged four defensive actions per Serie A match last season
The Belgian worldwide only featured nine times in Serie A last season but according to the Mirror new Palace boss De Boer wants to give Vermaelen the chance to resurrect his career at Selhurst Park.
Speaking to The Times at England's St George's Park training facility, where Palace have been training this week, de Boer hopes to use Zaha how Real Madrid have with Cristiano Ronaldo, Barcelona with Lionel Messi, and Bayern Munich with Arjen Robben.
Although his record of just 18 starts in the last four seasons mean he would be a considerable risk.