Vincent Kompany has reiterated his commitment to Manchester City making a move away this summer illogical and unlikely.
The effects of that humiliating Champions League semi-final first leg defeat to Bayern Munich means the Spanish club could now double their efforts to bring in defensive reinforcements this summer.
Kompany was thought to be their main target in terms of centre backs and there have even been pictures of him appearing on the front page of Catalan based newspapers in recent times.
However, he has re-confirmed his desire to stay with Manchester City as they continue their current project to become the dominant team in England and to also win the Champions League.
It effectively forces Barcelona to turn their focus to Liverpool and Arsenal, if they are considering bringing in English based defenders.
Liverpool’s Daniel Agger has been linked with the Spanish club, due to his slightly purer playing style which means he could fit in well to the current Barcelona philosophy.
Liverpool may now be forced into accepting any deal, because it would provide Brendan Rodgers with the extra transfer fees he needs to go and make improvements in other areas.
However, that doesn’t mean that Liverpool shouldn’t play hard ball over any deal, if the rumours turn into formal interest because they have a commodity in Agger, which has become more valuable following that defeat in Germany.
Arsenal fans will be worried about the possibility that Thomas Vermaelen could still leave the club, with the Arsenal skipper arguably the best potential buy for Barca in terms of Premier League defenders.
He has good leadership qualities, he’s a big and strong defender, similar to Carles Puyol, and he offers an attacking threat, which will appeal to the side.
Arsenal are also in a very strong position and similarly to Liverpool, they can be as stubborn and difficult as possible because this is their captain that Barcelona are being linked with.
It also seems very unlikely because if anything Arsene Wenger will be looking to add and build again, heading into next season, rather than selling players that would make his side weaker than it already is.
Barcelona need defenders and it’s unfortunate for Liverpool and Arsenal that the attention will now fall on them, after Kompany effectively ruled out any move over the summer.
Do Barca have a chance of getting either?
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