Report: Spaniard shunning Arsenal, Liverpool for extended deal?

Martin Montoya is rumoured to be extending his Barcelona contract, making a transfer to Arsenal or Liverpool unlikely.

According to Radio Catalunya, Jose Maria Orobitg - the representative of in-demand full-back Martin Montoya - will rebuff any forthcoming advances from Premier League duo Arsenal and Liverpool in order to extend his deal with Barcelona.

From BBC Tweets earlier in the year, Barcelona's weekly wage bill had been leaked and, while most of the mainstream media focused on the seemingly exorbitant sums being paid to elite stars such as Lionel Messi (£256,000 per week), Daniel Alves (£200,000 per week) and Xavi (£170,000 per week), fringe first-team player Montoya was on the comparatively paltry £15,000 per week and it has since been alleged that his head may be turned by the larger wages being paid to similar squad players in England.

Arsenal, though, could have fast-tracked Montoya into Arsene Wenger's first team selection due to the dubious nature of Bacary Sagna's immediate future (the Frenchman's current contract expires in the summer). Liverpool were also apparent admirers.

Radio Catalunya, though, suggest both clubs will be frustrated if Montoya is still on their shortlist as Orobit has already with Andoni Zubizarreta, Camp Nou chief, over a new, handsomer contract.

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