Liverpool dealt another transfer blow as target snubs move

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Liverpool have been dealt yet another blow in the transfer market, as full back Martin Montoya is set to extend his stay with Barcelona.

The Reds have had a number of transfer disasters in recent months, missing out on the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Willian, Mohamed Salah and Yevhen Konoplyanka, no doubt to the frustration of manager Brendan Rodgers, who is attempting to take the Anfield club back to the Champions League.

And one of the players that he had his eye on for the summer transfer market was Barcelona right back Montoya, whose contract at the Camp Nou was set to expire at the end of the season.

Having played second fiddle to Dani Alves for many years, speculation suggested that Montoya had resigned himself to leaving the Catalan giants in search of first-team football, and this desire had alerted Liverpool.

Rodgers was eyeing Montoya with a view to him replacing Glen Johnson in the regular starting XI for the Reds, especially with 29-year-old Johnson missing he majority of this season with injuries. With the England international now somewhat unreliable on the health front, it makes sense for Rodgers to at least seek an established alternative, or even his long term replacement, making Montoya the ideal target.

But new reports in Spain suggest that 22-year-old Montoya will now renew his deal with Gerardo Martino's side, extended his stay until at least 2018.

With his contract expiring in the summer and his 23rd birthday approaching, Montoya would have been allowed to leave the club for free, which is why Barcelona were so adamant over him staying at the club.

The news comes as another blow to Rodgers, whose attempts to improve his Liverpool squad continue to be hit, and whilst this particular scenario isn't the fault of anyone at the Merseyside club, Rodgers will want to land the majority of his targets in the summer – but can now seemingly cross Montoya off his list.

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