Spurs & Liverpool target stalls Barcelona talks

Young defender has postponed contract discussions with the Catalan club, leaving the door open for the Premier League pair.

Barcelona defender Martin Montoya has stalled talks with the club regarding a new contract, as he looks to clarify his on-field situation.

The 22-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and so can talk to interested parties from January.

Premier League duo Liverpool and Tottenham have both been reportedly interested in the full-back, with first team opportunities seemingly hard to come by for the Spain U21 international.

Whilst it is a similar situation with Marc Bartra, reports have been that talks with the centre-back have been far more progressive than with his defensive teammate Montoya.

Catalan newspaper Sport have reported on Tuesday that the interruption in talks with Montoya are down to the fact that he wants his position within the club to be made clear.

Having so far struggled for regular playing time, the right-back is understood to have informed Barcelona, through his agents, that he wants to focus on increasing the minutes he gets, ahead of ‘rushing into’ contract talks.

Montoya’s primary objective is still believed to be a renewal with the Catalans, with it believed that last summer he turned down advances from both Valencia and Inter.

However, it is also suggested that the Nerazzurri remain interested and could present an option once more come next summer.

The youngster has so far only played five times in the League for Tata Martino’s men this term, and with time running out on his deal could be available for around €6m in the winter window.

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