Vincent Kompany’s desire to remain at Manchester City could be tested over the coming months with reports of Barcelona’s interest in the City captain, according to the Daily Mail.
Although Kompany has a deal to remain at the Etihad stadium until 2018, recent internal disputes and the allure of plying his trade at the Nou Camp may prove too big a pull for the Belgian.
The City centre-back, who during his time in England has emerged as one of the best defenders in the world, has had a public fall-out with manager Roberto Mancini in recent weeks, as Mancini criticised the defender for playing in Belgium’s recent World Cup qualifiers despite only just returning from injury.
It has been this reputed dispute that has reportedly convinced the Catalan giants that they have a good chance of succeeding in their efforts to draw the defender away from City, with Barca coach Tito Vilanova reportedly seeing Kompany as his main target in a summer where he has in excess of £40m to spend.
Barcelona’s need for a centre-back to replace the ageing Carles Puyol has become apparent as recent injuries to Puyol and Mascherano, who has had to deputise in defence, have left Barca heading into the second-leg of their quarter-final against PSG with Gerard Pique their only recognised central-defender.
Their success in capturing Kompany to fill this space in their central defence may rest on just how much the Belgian has seen his position at City undermined by Mancini’s recent actions.
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