Barcelona are reported to be unwilling to sell Liverpool target Martin Montoya unless his €20 million release clause is activated.
The Spanish star signed a new deal at the club during the summer but has since found first-team opportunities lacking as a result of a surplus in right-backs.
As a result, a frustrated Montoya has begun to consider his options and a January transfer away from the club seems a likely scenario given the reported interest in him.
Premier League duo Manchester United and Liverpool are said to be monitoring the situation, with the Reds known to be long-term admirers of the former La Masia product.
According to the Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, a recent meeting between the club and Montoya’s agent Juan de Dios Carrasco has caused a stir and could make a potential deal improbable.
The cub are said to have been upset by Carrasco’s recent outbursts in the media, and there appears little interest in allowing the player to leave for a sum below his extravagant €20 million release clause.
“Sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta told Montoya’s agent in the meeting last Thursday that the club has no desire to sell him. If he wants to leave, any club that wishes to sign him will have match his release clause which currently stands at €20 million,” the report claims.
Montoya’s only La Liga appearance of the current campaign came during the Nou Camp outfit’s comfortable 2-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao over three months ago.