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Barcelona Plotting Defender Move

Barcelona will move for either Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen, Man City’s Vincent Kompany or Chelsea’s David Luiz if their move for defender Javi Martinez fails.

Football Talk will be keeping you up-to-date with all the latest transfer news throughout the summer. Today, Barcelona are linked with a raid on the Premier League.

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Barcelona have short-listed three Premier League defenders in-case their move for Javi Martinez fails, according to the Mirror.

The report claims that new Barca boss Tito Vilanova wants to strengthen his back line this summer and has identified Athletic Bilbao defender Javi Martinez as his number one target.

However, there are fears within the Nou Camp that a move for Martinez, who can play at centre back as well as central midfield, could prove too expensive.

This has lead to Vilanova looking to the Premier League for alternatives, with Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen, Man City captain Vincent Kompany and Chelsea’s David Luiz all believed to be on his wish-list.

FT Verdict

To be honest, this is a slightly confusing piece of transfer news. Barca will turn to Vermaelen, Luiz or Kompany because they can’t afford Martinez? Well how much do they think these three will be available for? Because it’s not likely to be much less than Martinez, that’s for sure!

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Kompany and Vermaelen are two of the finest defenders in the Premier League and are both tied to long-term contracts with their clubs, so why would they be sold for anything less than Bilbao want for Martinez? And Chelsea paid a fortune for Luiz and won’t want to make a loss on him even if they did decide to sell, so again he won’t come cheap.

Therefore, we can’t see any of this trio ending up at Barcelona this summer.



  1. Ian

    June 20, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Messi is also on Mancini’s wish list, but this doesn’t mean there is any chance it will happen! Just make it up as you go along!

  2. gayan

    June 20, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    barcelona should go for Ivanovic

  3. CiTyBlUe

    June 20, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Lets look at the bigger picture.

    City will never sell Vincent Kompany for any amount of money, not even Vincent Kompany will want to leave because he has stated strongly that he loves the club and fans.

    The reason Barcelona have not wrapped up Javi Martinez is because Javi will not make any choice until after representing Spain, right now it is looking more than likely that Javi will end up at Manchester City with fellow national David Silva as Javi is top of Manchester City’s list.

    Not even Barcelona can compete with City, the only way Javi won’t end up at City is if his parent club and Javi himself try to hold City to ransom as is what is happening with Van Percie and City as we speak.

  4. Fall River Gooner

    June 20, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Let me get this straight, you’re source is The Mirror, correct. Nuff said. Yak snot.

  5. Babangida Othman,

    June 20, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    In my own opinion vamaelen is the right choice cos of the history of the club he is playing for.

  6. Shevchenko Nnamdi 4 all

    June 21, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Lets go 4 Kompany,he is a commited player.

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