Barcelona: Who Are the Candidates to Replace Defender Carles Puyol?

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Barcelona: Who Are the Candidates to Replace Defender Carles Puyol?
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Carles Puyol has had a terrific career with Barcelona, and it's not over yet, but the Catalan side are said to be actively looking to strengthen the centre-back position.

Partly perhaps because of Puyol's problems with fitness this season and partly because of his advancing age, Barcelona will want someone to come into the team who already has the experience and ability to fit in with some of the best players on the continent.

Mirror Football claim that Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is one of the names at the top of their list, but there are others who could be in the running too.

Here are the five defenders most likely to be targeted by Barcelona this summer.

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