Liverpool are getting closer to landing the signature of one of Spain’s most talked about young players – full-back Martin Montoya, according to reports.
Managing Director, Ian Ayre, has flown to Barcelona in hope of tying up a deal early for the 22-year-old, before January’s transfer window.
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Montoya looks set to fail to agree a new contract with Barcelona, for whom he’s made 30 appearances.
That would leave the Spain Under-21 international as a free agent next summer, but Liverpool are said to be set to part with cash in order to sign him earlier.
The Mirror’s David Maddock reports on Friday morning:
The Reds are at the head of a queue that also includes Arsenal and Inter Milan, after forging strong links with the Barca board during ongoing talks over the future of goalkeeper Pepe Reina, who could still move back to his former club at the end of this season following a year on loan at Napoli.
Similarly, Andy Hunter writes in the Guardian:
The Spain Under-21 international, who can operate in both full-back positions, is out of contract at the end of this season and his availability has alerted leading clubs throughout Europe. The 22-year-old and his agent have both claimed recently that he hopes to sign a contract extension with the Spanish champions but Liverpool are exploring the prospect of a permanent deal in January.
Chris Bascombe and Luke Edwards also report the story for the Telegraph.
Whilst Montoya is yet to break into the Spanish senior squad, he has made 22 appearances for the Under-21s.
Montoya’s arrival at Liverpool could help provide better options on Liverpool’s right flank, and competition for 29-year-old Glen Johnson.
Montoya has also previously played left-back. With Jose Enrique out injured until February and Aly Cissokho having a slow start to his Liverpool career, the potential arrival of Montoya in January could prove essential.