Liverpool and Arsenal could be the greatest beneficiaries of a reported in-house Barcelona argument that has left Spanish full-back Martin Montoya eager to exact an exit, according to Sport.
A £10m-rated defender, Montoya is a product of the Camp Nou academy, graduated into the senior on a full-time basis just last season and has featured eight times in all competitions this year, however, according to rumour, Montoya began a fracture within the dressing-room as he questioned the commitment and desire of his team-mates following the club's loss to Athletic Bilbao over the weekend.
There is a growing Spanish contingent at Anfield, bolstered in the summer by the dual signings of Luis Alberto from Sevilla and Iago Aspas from Celta Vigo for a combined £13.8m in the summer and multiple tabloid newspapers such as The Express (November 29) and Daily Mirror (October 18) have associated Liverpool with Montoya ahead of the reopening of the transfer market in January.
Considering the dubious nature of Bacary Sagna's future, who is free to discuss contracts with other clubs next month as his Arsenal deal expires in 2014's summer, manager Arsene Wenger may look for replacements should extension talks with the full-back fail to bear fruit. Montoya may well prove an interesting commodity to provide competition for the first-choice right-back berth along with current deputy Carl Jenkinson.
Montoya is 22-years-old and internationally-capped all the way to Under-23 level. Earlier in the week it had been alleged that that Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre flew to Spain to hold talks with Barcelona and the player.
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