Barcelona snub Martin Montoya as Juventus lead Liverpool in chase

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Martin Montoya left out of Barcelona's latest Champions League squad as reports suggest that Juventus now lead Liverpool in pursuit of his signature.

Martin Montoya’s agent has already announced that his client is ‘100 per cent certain’ to leave Barcelona in January, with the defender having grown increasingly disillusioned with a lack of playing time at Camp Nou.

His mood is unlikely to have improved after discovering that he has been left out of Luis Enrique’s 18-man squad for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Paris St Germain.

The 23-year-old right-back is a product of Barca’s academy system and has entered his fifth season as part of their first-team set-up.

He has never made more than 15 La Liga appearances over the course of a full campaign, though, and feels the time has come to take on a new challenge.

Premier League heavyweights Liverpool were believed to be leading the chase for his services ahead of the winter transfer window, with Brendan Rodgers in the market for defensive reinforcements.

England international Glen Johnson is being allowed to run his contract down at Anfield and a long-term replacement must be found on the right of their back four.

Montoya would fit the bill, but the Reds are not the only ones looking to snap up a bargain in the New Year.

Sky Italia are now reporting that Juventus consider themselves to be frontrunners in that particular race, with the reigning Serie A champions confident that they can see off the competition as they will be involved in the latter stages of the Champions League and Liverpool saw their campaign come to a close on Tuesday.

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