Kompany a target for Barcelona manager Martino

Barcelona could turn to Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany if they fail in their attempts to land Chelsea defender David Luiz or Liverpool defender Daniel Agger, according to reports from the Catalan press.

The aforementioned duo had seen their names linked with Barcelona throughout the summer with the Brazilian defender Luiz particularly keen to push through a move to Camp Nou after it became evident that new manager Jose Mourinho doesn’t particularly fancy him much. However, the asking price Chelsea have set for the player who they bought back in 2011 is something that will become a deciding factor with Barcelona unable to pay the whopping £ 40 million Chelsea are asking for after already shelling out £ 50 million to bring Neymar to the club.

New manager Gerardo Martino is keen on a new defender at the club and has earmarked the likes of Agger, Luiz as well as Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen for the role but according to a Catalan newspaper, the club will go for Vincent Kompany should their pursuit of Agger and Luiz end in failure.

Kompany has been a stand out performer for Manchester City during his time at the club and was a key figure during the club’s title winning season in 2012/13 and he will definitely not come cheap for the Catalan giants as well, who have already missed out on one of their primary defensive targets in Brazilian international Thiago Silva who has chosen to stay put at French club Paris Saint Germain.

The newspaper also reported that although Luiz is set to take a pay cut to push through the move, his transfer fee will be an issue and thus, Vincent Kompany becomes a more logical option for the Camp Nou side as they look to bolster their defensive options this season.