Barcelona have given the green light for clubs to buy out of favour right-back Martin Montoya on the condition of a buy-back clause inserted into the deal, reports claim.
The 23-year-old has long been linked with a move to Liverpool after coming through the famed Barcelona youth academy La Masia.
Initially a deputy for regular right-back Dani Alves, Montoya has now been pushed further down the pecking order as a result of a bizarre set of circumstances including the signing of Douglas.
Douglas, a young Brazilian fullback, was initially brought in as a future option but Dani Alves’ failed move to PSG resulted in the Catalans starting the season with a surplus of right-backs.
The Reds themselves have a number of options at right-back, but with Glen Johnson’s declining ability coupled with loanee Javier Manquillo’s uncertain future there is definitely scope for a further addition.
Montoya could provide boss Brendan Rodgers with a potential quality long-term option and according to Spanish publication Diario Sport the Reds have been given the green light to sign him in January.
“Montoya is now desperate and the club is being amenable, aware that his situation is difficult to understand. Therefore, he has been told he has the green light to seek a move and if the club finds an interesting proposition then a January deal can’t be ruled out. The offer has to be important and would need to include a buy-back clause. Right now, there is talk of Bayer Leverkusen, Liverpool, Inter Milan and Napoli.” The report states.
One key aspect of any potential deal, however, would be the inclusion of a buy-back option which doesn’t always sit too well with the buying clubs.
Barcelona in recent years have sold fellow La Masia product Bojan Krkic under similar circumstances whereas Real Madrid have exercised the same deals with Dani Carvajal and Alvaro Morata.
Whether the Reds would be so willing to agree to such terms remains to be seen but there is little denying the player’s ability and the Anfield side have little to lose in any potential deal.
Montoya made his debut for the Nou Camp outfit under former boss Pep Guardiola during the 2010/11 season, and has gone on to represent the club 56 times in all competitions.