The right-back situation at Liverpool is one which has question marks hanging over it, with Glen Johnson 29 and having 18 months until his contract runs down.
Liverpool have been linked with signing Martin Montoya from Barcelona in the summer, whose current contract expires in June.
He is presently free to negotiate with clubs and sign a deal, and it was even reported last year that Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre had flown to Spain to discuss a deal.
Montoya has made eight starts at right-back this season in La Liga, with new boss Tata Martino unafraid to turn to him if required.
Now it is being reported that Liverpool face rejection in any advances for the player, with Montoya having his heart set on renewing with Barcelona.
Spanish paper Marca report: "Montoya is currently free to negotiate with any club, but he has prioritised talks with Barça to stay on at the club.
"The objective is for the deal to be sewn up before the end of the month, just as the winter market closes. The club plans to offer a long contract lasting four or five seasons."
It will certainly be a disappointment if Liverpool truly have their sights set on him, but for young players who come through the Barcelona system, cutting the apron-strings can often turn out to be something they seek to avoid.
Montoya may come to regret his decision if in a year's time he is still playing second fiddle to Dani Alves. For Liverpool, they will no doubt find another suitable target - even if he is not quite as excellent value as the would-be-free Barcelona man.
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