Arsenal are being linked with a move for Belgian defender Vincent Kompany.
The 24-year-old international can also play in the centre midfield position, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is keen to add the former Anderlecht youth product to his ranks at the Emirates.
Kompany graduated to the Belgian First Division's senior side in 2003, and spent three further years with the Purple & White before joining Hamburg for a fee in the region of €10 million in the summer transfer window.
Two injury-hit seasons at the Bundesliga side prevented Kompany from showing his true potential at the Imtech Arena, and former Manchester City manager Mark Hughes swooped for the player for an undisclosed fee thought to be in the region of £6 million.
Now, after two seasons at Eastlands, the Gunners are thought to again be interested in a move. The Gunners were linked with the player in 2008 before Kompany signed for the Citizens.
The Metro reports that Wenger has approached City over a potential move, with the north London club looking to strengthen their defensive line ahead of the season opener against Liverpool on Sunday.
Roberto Mancini has an abundance of talent at the City of Manchester stadium having spent again in the current transfer window, and Kompany could be allowed to leave should the Italian manager see him surplus to requirements after the addition of Yaya Toure.
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