Montoya asks to leave Barcelona: Why United hold the advantage

Manchester United are in pole position if they want to do a deal for Martin Montoya.

Reports yesterday named Manchester United as one of the teams interested in signing Martin Montoya from Barcelona and if their interest is accurate, Louis van Gaal now has huge incentive to go after the Spanish defender.

He’s told Barcelona that he wants to leave and Spanish newspaper and website Marca has carried quotes from his agent, inviting interested parties to bid for him.

“From this point onwards, any interested clubs should contact Barcelona and negotiate a deal,” said Juan de Dios Carrasco.

Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have also been linked with him but United hold the advantage.

All of those clubs already have experienced options at right-back, with Liverpool currently possessing three players in their squad who can play on the right hand side of defence.

It’s a different story for United, who have been forced to use Antonio Valencia at right-back, a winger, while Rafael has been in the treatment room.

Arsene Wenger spent big to sign Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle last summer while Spurs are set to welcome American defender DeAndre Yedlin to White Hart Lane, who is a right-back.

Therefore, it’s reasonable to suggest that United’s only realistic competition is going to come from other sides in Europe.

There are likely to be a few interested parties because it’s rare for a defender brought up and raised by Barcelona to be so openly available.

It will be fascinating to see if United are the side to make the first move.

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