Following the injury suffered by Lucas Leiva, Liverpool fans may be far more concerned with possible midfield reinforcements than defensive ones, but reports in Spain claim a reported long-term target of the Reds – Martin Montoya – will have his future decided in the coming days.
Spanish broadsheet El Confidencial reports that having agreed a new deal with Marc Bartra, Barcelona will now attempt to do the same with Montoya.
The 22-year-old right-back has played more regularly in the absence of Dani Alves, but it is being reported that doubts remain as to whether he can become a regular fixture in Barcelona’s first-team plans.
“Montoya is aware of the good and the bad of Barcelona,” the report states, referring to the possibility of sporting success contrasted with the competition for places.
At 22, Montoya will surely want to play regularly sooner rather than later, and will not want to be relying on the unavailability of others for his chances to impress.
But the Spanish champions are reportedly keen to keep him, which will be bad news for Liverpool.
Brendan Rodgers’ side were reportedly in the box-seat for the player when their managing director Ian Ayre was said to be holding talks over a possible deal back in November.
But for now those talks have come to nothing, and with the player’s current contract ending next summer, Montoya has a huge decision to make.
Liverpool could still get their man, but as with many of the young Barcelona players at the moment, Montoya must decide if he wants to commit or move on…a choice that is easier said than done when you are at a club like Barca.
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