There will be a lot of money spent in the January transfer window, and moneybags Monaco are looking to spend on Vincent Kompany
Backed by Russian businessman Dmitry Rybolovlev, Claudio Ranieri's side went on an incredible summer spending spree after gaining promotion this summer, adding Sergio Romero, Ricardo Carvalho, Eric Abidal, Jeremy Toulalan and Geoffrey Kondogbia to the aforementioned names, and currently sit second in the Ligue 1 standings, level on points with fellow big spenders Paris Saint-Germain.
In a bid to overtake PSG as the leading side in France, Monaco are now preparing another period of mass spending, and have identified Kompany as a long-term answer in central defence – after all, the combination of Carvalho and Abidal surely won't last long, with a combined age of 69.
The Belgian captain, 27, has been plagued by a nagging thigh injury so far this season, and City's defence has been shaky throughout as a result, resorting to playing holding midfielder Javi Garcia as a makeshift centre back in his absence, so it's unlikely that manager Manuel Pellegrini will allow Kompany to leave the club, particularly midway through the season.
Whilst Monaco may believe that they can tempt Kompany with large amounts of money, City are also filthy-rich and will surely be able to match any offer the French side make for their star defender. With Kompany's contract only expiring in 2018, any move would only be sanctioned should the former Hamburg man declare his interest in leaving the Etihad Stadium.
Monaco will look to flex their muscles in the January transfer window, and other Premier League defenders could be on their radar, such as Patrice Evra and Daniel Agger linked with moves there, whilst they are also ready to take on the might of Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City for French defenders Kurt Zouma and Eliaquim Mangala, of Saint-Etienne and FC Porto respectively.
They will be an attractive proposition for most players – the affluent region of Southern France is a lure for many players, as we have seen already – and being paid the outrageous sums of money that Monaco are willing to pay is a huge incentive, with Falcao being paid a reported, tax free, £270,000 a week. However, it seems unlikely that Ranieri's men will be able to attract the City star, with another push at the Premier League title on the way for the blue half of Manchester.
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