Barcelona target ageing Vincent Kompany or Branislav Ivanovic to fix leaky defence

BARCELONA are eyeing up Vincent Kompany and Branislav Ivanovic as suitable defenders to help combat their leaky defence.

The defending La Liga champions have conceded 19 goals in the Spanish league so far and are looking for experienced defenders to help fix their problem.

Barcelona target ageing Vincent Kompany or Branislav Ivanovic to fix leaky defenceAP:Associated Press3 Kompanys experience and impact on the dressing room mean City are unlikely to let him go

Manchester City's captain has been on Barca's radar for some time, but the defending Premier League champions are unlikely to let the Belgian go.

However, they may have more luck in securing the services of former Chelsea defender Ivanovic, even if it is on loan.

Kompany, 32, has only made three Premier League starts this season, but his experience and leadership skills are too valuable for City to let him go.

Ivanovic, 34, on the other hand, who is playing in Russia for Zenit St Petersburg may consider the move to Spain and a return to Champions League football.

Barcelona target ageing Vincent Kompany or Branislav Ivanovic to fix leaky defenceEPA3 Ivanovic is currently playing in Russia, in the Europa League but may be able to be persuaded to join Barca

Lionel Messi is still producing his magic up front, but it is a different story at the back.

Samuel Umtiti has only made eight appearances for Barca, instead he's spent a lot of this season sidelined with knee ligament damage.

The French centre-back has travelled to Qatar for the next stage of treatment, but Barcelona are looking for replacements as the treatment is not likely to provide a quick-fix.

Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet have forged a partnership together in the wake of Umtiti's absence, while Thomas Vermaelen is constantly battling his own injury demons.

Barcelona target ageing Vincent Kompany or Branislav Ivanovic to fix leaky defenceGetty – Contributor3 Samuel Umtiti has been struggling with an ongoing knee issue

Barcelona are scouring the market for defenders and have also reportedly considered making a move for David Luiz- who is out of contract at Chelsea in the summer.

It was reported last month that the La Liga side had identified Laurent Koscielny and David Luiz as two potential recruits.

Both men are seen as 'experienced and cheap' – though the Arsenal ace hasn't featured all season and the Brazilian international has been ever-present under Maurizio Sarri.

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