Barcelona In The Market For Centre-Back

Umtiti Lay-Off Could Lead To Loan Move

Vincent Kompany Barcelona

Barcelona are interested in Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany and former Chelsea centre-back Branislav Ivanovic.

Barca are expected to dip into the loan market in January as doubts continue over Samuel Umtiti. The France international has picked up a knee injury and may have to undergo an operation that could rule him out for much of the rest of the season.

Speculation has now begun over a possible temporary replacement. The Catalan giants have already been knocked back in their bid to sign Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen. They have been told the Denmark international isn’t available despite not having made an appearance in the Premier League so far this season.

City are also expected to rebuff any move for Kompany who has played in six league games, but they may have better luck with Ivanovic. Chelsea’s David Luiz is also on their target list.