Barcelona defender Martin Montoya is the latest player to be linked with a move to Liverpool, with talkSPORT stating that the Reds “face a battle with Inter Milan” to capture his signature this summer.
The Reds are on the lookout for a new defender with Jamie Carragher retiring and Martin Skrtel having fallen out of form and out of favour with Brendan Rodgers.
The radio station report 22-year-old Montoya could be a good replacement for the departing Carragher as Rodgers looks to bolster his defence, which has conceded 42 goals this season.
The Merseyside club are looking to strengthen their squad during the summer and manager Brendan Rodgers is reported to be a big admirer of the 22-year-old.
However, Montoya, who is yet to play for the Spanish national first team, but has caps for the Under-23s and Under-21s, is primarily a right-back, not a centre-back as talkSPORT suggest – although he is capable of playing left-back too, as he did against Levante recently.
The Catalan giants could be looking to offload the 5ft 8inch defender, who has struggled his way into the first team at the Nou Camp, featuring 16 times this season.
He was called up to the Spain national first team squad for games against Chile and Liechtenstein in 2011, but did not feature.
Rodgers may look to buy in the right-back position this summer, to give Glen Johnson competition, however the Northern Irish manager will have been boosted by the news that youngster Martin Kelly should be fit for pre-season after a long-term injury.
Rodgers may even be tempted to move Kelly to centre-back, taking advantage of his height, strength and pace alongside Danish international Daniel Agger.