Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is a prominent name on Barcelona’s list of defender targets for this summer, though Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea will also be worried by the names there.
According to Mundo Deportivo, the Citizens’ centre-back as one of those being considered by Camp Nou officials as they look to recruit in the summer transfer window.
It claims Tito Vilanova has told sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta he wants Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels as first choice and Kompany, Spurs star Jan Vertonghen or Chelsea defender David Luiz, among others, if he can’t land the German.
Liverpool defender Daniel Agger is another name on the list and he has been linked with a Barcelona switch previously.
Manchester United could also be troubled by the Catalans’ first choice of target because they have been linked with Hummels in the past.
The Germany international is currently out injured but has been magnificent in Dortmund’s progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League this season.
Manchester City would be loath to lose a player that has been arguably their most impressive player over the past two seasons.
Kompany was named Premier League Player of the Season for 2011-12 as the Etihad Stadium club clinched the title in dramatic circumstances.
Chelsea defender David Luiz has become an important player at Stamford Bridge but his ability to play in midfield – something he has done several times for Rafael Benitez this season – could fit Barça’s style of play.
Meanwhile, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is unlikely to let Vertonghen go without a serious fight, especially as they only signed him last summer.
However, if Tottenham’s slump continues and they miss out on Champions League football Andre Villas-Boas may find it difficult to hold onto his best players with teams such as Barcelona interested.
Barcelona were also reportedly interested in Benifca defender Ezequiel Garay but reports in Portugal now say Manchester United have taken the initiative and convinced him to choose Old Trafford in the summer.