Could Kompany Help Shore up Leaky Barca Defence?
They’re on top of La Liga, and look like sauntering to yet another domestic title. Despite being level after the first leg of their quarter final in the Champions League against big-spending French side Paris Saint-Germain, they are now favourites to go on to win the competition after their win on away goals last night which was largely down to super-sub Messi’s appearance towards the end.
Money no object?
Every year, it seems that FC Barcelona try to make at least one marquee signing to shake things up. This summer, full-back Jordi Alba arrived from Valencia and Alex Song moved from Arsenal for a combined fee in the region of £30m. They were expected to provide some much-needed steel which Barça lacked at times, but despite some great attacking displays from the former, it’s not worked.
If Barça do have money to spend for the new season, they should be in the market for a new centre-back. A number of the world’s best central defenders have been linked with a move to Catalonia such as the underrated Borussia Dortmund star Mats Hummels, but Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany looks set to join Barcelona in the summer according to reports on Sunday morning.
Heading for the Etihad exit
The Belgium international has been one of the reigning Premier League Champions’ key performers. His reassuring presence has ensured that, even if their inconsistent attack’s not firing, they’ll at least be tight at the back, and he is exactly the type of player Barça need, but will he leave the Etihad Stadium where he is revered?
Even though they managed to win the Manchester derby on Monday, his side are currently a massive 33/1 with Ladbrokes to retain their Premier League title. With seven games left to play, they’re 12 points behind Manchester United, and only have the FA Cup left to compete in, so the best Kompany can hope for is to win the cup for a second time with City.
Chasing European glory
Should Kompany want to leave City, one possible reason could be City’s failure to perform in European competition. In their two previous outings in the Champions League, much was expected of them because of their expensively-assembled squad. However, 3rd place in the group stage last season and 4th place this time round wasn’t enough.
In moving to Barça, Kompany could seriously improve his chances of winning the Champions League. Outshining just about every other player in his position on the planet, a move to Camp Nou could be an exciting new challenge for him, but would his signature alone be enough to remedy the defensive issues that have nagged Barça this season?
Right now, Barça have just three natural centre-backs in their squad. Gerard Pique, although talented, has made a few mistakes. The veteran Carles Puyol is nearing retirement, while youngster Marc Bartra needs a little more experience. Javier Mascherano has been playing at the back a lot recently, but his form has not been great this season. Basically, Kompany is needed sooner rather than later.