Barca may use Sanchez as bait to lure Man City`s Kompany

Updated: Apr 07, 2013, 18:00 PM IST

London: Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez has been reportedly set as bait by his club in a bid to lure Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany this summer.

Manchester City are planning a move for the Chilean Sanchez at the end of the season and Barcelona chiefs are hopeful that City`s interest will play into their hands as they prepare a move for Belgium centre-half Kompany.

The Catalan giants will offer City a players-plus-cash deal for Kompany, adding that Barcelona is also on the lookout for at least two central defenders.

Barcelona are waiting to see if there are any long-term consequences of Kompany`s publicly castigation by manager Roberto Mancini, after playing for Belgium in a World Cup qualifier the previous Tuesday against Macedonia.

City tried to sign Sanchez in 2011, but lost out to Barcelona, while 22-year-old Bartra, who has represented Spain throughout the age groups, is well known to City sporting director Txiki Begiristain from his time at the Nou Camp.