When The Sun posted an exclusive this evening that Vincent Kompany is available for transfer, few believed it. Injury prone or not, this is Vincent Kompany, the inspirational club captain, a man who is destined to end his career at Manchester City, then become a club ambassador (or more).
Pep Guardiola has told Txiki Begiristain to put injury stricken captain Vincent Kompany on the transfer market this summer. [The Sun]
— City Watch (@City_Watch) March 17, 2016
Along with the explosive news that Kompany could be a goner, The Sun added that Guardiola wants Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte, 21, as Kompany’s long-term replacement. John Stones has also been heavily linked of late, with some stories suggesting City could go for both of them as part of a radical overhaul.
Many dismissed the story quickly, but what to think when a second journalist appears with identical information? Sunday Times journalist Duncan Castles tweeted the same info after midnight, saying Kompany is available at the request of Pep Guardiola.
— Duncan Castles (@DuncanCastles) March 18, 2016
Castles is a controversial and often outspoken journalist, but does have his own sources and has broken plenty of big stories in the past.
Are these two journalists on to something? Guardiola has a history of ruthless decision-making, often ditching popular club icons in order to shape his ideal team. As part of his Barcelona overhaul, he ousted the likes of Ronaldinho and Deco, and cares little for reputations of players. He wants a squad crafted exactly to his liking and players he can trust. Kompany would surely fall under that category normally, but his terrible injury record make him unreliable over the course of a season, so it isn’t totally unrealistic that Pep might want someone likelier to stay fit.
We should hear further news or denials about this story in the coming days and weeks – but what if it happened? What if Vincent Kompany left Manchester City this summer?