Why Liverpool can now finally land this Barcelona star

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Brendan Rodgers now has the ideal opportunity to solve his right-back problems.

Having rejected the advances of Manchester United, Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain, the Dani Alves transfer saga finally reached its conclusion, with the Brazilian star eventually agreeing to stay put at Barcelona.

Along with the new deal for Alves, the Catalan giants have also swooped to sign Sevilla winger, Aleix Vidal, who provides them with another option at right-back, having operated in that role under the orders of his previous manager, Unai Emery.

As such, attention now turns to the futures of Martin Montoya and Douglas, who are both now likely to be surplus to requirements at the Camp Nou.

Recent reports in Catalunya have suggested Barcelona may be looking to loan out Douglas, whilst it's growing increasingly clear that Montoya is looking to leave, in order to find guaranteed games elsewhere.

According to Marca, 24-year-old La Masia product Montoya was left hugely frustrated that he couldn't leave in the January 2015 transfer windows, having featured so sparsely in the plans of manager Luis Enrique.

Liverpool were said to have made an approach at the time, which was ultimately blocked by Barcelona, who refused to leave themselves short of cover at right-back, during the second half of the campaign.

That situation now appears to be completely different, following the arrival of Aleix Vidal from Sevilla, meaning that Liverpool now have their best opportunity of swooping, given the situation of Montoya at Barcelona, has become even more complicated.

Despite his lack of action for Barcelona during the 2014-15 season, making just 12 appearances in all competitions, Montoya certainly isn't lacking in quality, and could provide the ideal solution for Brendan Rodgers, as he seeks to reinforce the right-back slot at Anfield.

As noted by The Daily Mail in May, the Merseyside club have been carefully monitoring the situation of Montoya, given the free agent departure of Glen Johnson. Likewise, the possibility of signing the Spaniard, also makes him a highly appetising option.

Montoya would likewise view a move to Liverpool favourably, hopeful that competing in the Premier League might offer him the credentials to push for a place in the Spain squad, given his lack of appearances in La Liga has proved an obstacle towards that aim.

In every sense, if Liverpool remain seriously interested in signing Montoya this summer, it's now or never, because there will be competition.

In Italy, various media reports have suggested both Inter Milan and Juventus remain interested, whilst in Spain, El Desmarque have hinted that Europa League winners Sevilla, could also rekindle their long standing interest in Montoya.

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