Four intelligent centre-back options for Manchester City - Could they buy from a rival?

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Let’s look at four players Manchester City should consider to partner Kompany. Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool stars feature.

New Premier League champions Manchester City must find a central partner for Vincent Kompany if they want to retain their crown and make similarly victorious strides in the Champions League next season.

Martin Demichelis and Matija Nastasić occupied the position last season, with the former often appearing immobile and the latter too inexperienced. Their seizing of the league title relied on the rest of their team being simply astonishing. In order to take it to the next level they must upgrade.

Here are four wise potentials.

Thiago Silva

The talented Brazilian currently plays for French champions Paris St-Germain and would cost an astronomical amount to obtain. However, if City could pry him away from the Parc des Princes, they would have created the best centre-back partnership on the planet. Kompany and Silva would dominate for years to come. Both possess supreme technical ability as well as strength, athleticism and leadership. Silva would be the perfect signing, though would prove tricky to attain.

Jan Vertonghen

Kompany’s compatriot and international defensive partner would perhaps be the easiest of the bunch to sign. Currently deciding where his future lies, the Spurs giant is a talented and consistent performer though often deployed on the left side. As a bonus, his existing relationship with Kompany would limit the settling period along with his proven Premier League experience. The central partnership could prove key to sustaining a Champions League push.

Thomas Vermaelen

Like Vertonghen, Vermaelen is a Belgian international and currently unsure of his next club move. The Arsenal captain is out of favour through the good form of their defensive duo, and a move to Manchester City might prove too hard to resist. Arsenal won’t want to sell to a rival, and the fans would likely deride Thomas if he moved, however, from a Manchester City perspective the acquisition could prove cheap and successful.

Daniel Agger

The highly rated Denmark captain has been at Liverpool since 2006, though recent reports suggest he is looking to move on. In a career dogged by injury, the 29-year-old has proven Premier League experience and, if he stays fit, could complement Kompany’s more robust style with reliability and efficiency.

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