Vincent Kompany linked with Man City raid for first Bayern Munich transfer after Guardiola blessing

Pep Guardiola give Vincent Kompany a glowing reference before Bayern Munich appointed him, the German club have claimed, and the Belgian could reportedly be casting an eye back at the Etihad when it comes to the transfer market.

Kompany was announced as Bayern manager on Wednesday, ending their long search for a successor to Thomas Tuchel that few would have expected would result in the Burnley boss taking over at the Allianz Arena. But Kompany is highly rated and his work at Anderlecht and Burnley has not gone unnoticed, despite their relegation from the Premier League this season.

His task is now to build a side capable of reclaiming the Bundesliga title from Bayer Leverkusen, as well as competing in the expanded Champions League after they lost in the semi-finals this season.

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According to Fichajes, Kompany wants former Manchester City centre-back partner John Stones as his first signing, with Stones falling out of favour towards the end of the season at City due to the better form of others. Stones suffered with injury and fitness problems throughout a frustrating campaign, but remains the best defender at the club on his day and is under contract until 2026.

The outlet claiming the link is notoriously unreliable, which could give City fans hope that the fan favourite will remain, although the same link was reported in the Sun earlier this week - in a report which also claimed Jack Grealish could be a target for Kompany. Regardless, any City player now linked with Bayern could be obvious given Kompany's strong connections with City and Guardiola.

Away from Bayern, and the Sun claim Kalvin Phillips could leave the Premier League entirely in order to kick-start his faltering career. He appears unwanted at City after two nightmare campaigns since joining for £42m from Leeds in 2022, and ended the season on loan at West Ham.

Everton are said to be interested in a loan move for the former England international, but City would prefer a permanent sale in order to recoup some of the fee they paid for him. This fresh report claims sister clubs RB Leipzig and RB Salzburg are interested in Phillips, along with Roma - and Phillips is open to leaving England in order to get a move.

Whether those clubs are interested or not, it is encouraging for City that the first week of summer has seen four clubs now linked with a player they will be keen to get rid of. His West Ham loan could have put off any potential suitors, so it is in their interests to generate as much interest in him as possible, especially when they will struggle to persuade anyone to pay £42m for a player who has barely played in two seasons.