Vincent Kompany is interested in a return to English football (Picture: Getty Images)

Burnley are deep in talks with Manchester City legend Vincent Kompany over the Belgian becoming their next manager.

The Clarets are looking for a new permanent boss after being relegated from the Premier League under caretaker manager Mike Jackson.

The 36-year-old has become their leading target and Burnley remain hopeful that they can tempt him back to England, despite their return to the Championship, reports the Telegraph.

The four-time Premier League winner with Man City is currently in charge of Anderlecht, the club at which he made his professional debut.

He first took charge in the summer of 2019 when he became player-manager after leaving City, but quickly chose to just focus on playing that season, before taking over as manager permanently in August 2020.

Kompany would be walking into a huge task at Turf Moor, with the Clarets returning to the Championship in a seemingly perilous position.

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Club owners ALK Capital are due to make a huge loan repayment because of relegation, which will likely be a similar fee to the £42m the club is set to receive in first-year parachute payments from the Premier League.

Their financial situation will likely see them sell star players like Maxwel Cornet and Nick Pope, while nine players are out of contract, including influential defenders Ben Mee and James Tarkowski.

It will be an enormous rebuilding job in the Championship for whoever takes over at Turf Moor, and there might not be much cash around to do it.

An attraction for Kompany could be a return to the north-west of England, where he spent 11 years with Manchester City and his three children grew up.

Other candidates for the job have included Joey Barton and Wayne Rooney, but Kompany is now clearly leading the way.


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