Barcelona chief confirms right-back is close to leaving the Camp Nou

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Martin Montoya remains a leading Liverpool transfer target.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has long been an admirer of Barcelona right-back, Martin Montoya, who seems closer than ever to leaving the Camp Nou this summer.

Such was the indication given by the head of Barcelona's Technical Commission, Ariedo Braida, in comments via Mundo Deportivo. The Italian confirmed: "In the coming days we'll speak with the agent of Montoya and we'll make a decision."

Furthermore and certain that Montoya won't be wearing the famous balugrana colours of Barcelona next season, Braida underlined: "The possibilities of him leaving are solid."

As recently as the last few days, The Telegraph linked the 24-year-old Spaniard as being a leading target to replace Glen Johnson, who has already departed Anfield as a free agent, following the expiry of his contract.

However, just as 'solid' as being cleared to leave Barcelona, is the interest of clubs other than Liverpool, given the strong footballing pedigree of Montoya, as a product of the La Masia youth system.

In Italy, there have been reports of Inter Milan already opening talks. Meanwhile in Spain, there are suggestions Sevilla will make an offer, having already seen Aleix Vidal head in the opposite direction to the Catalan giants.

Undoubtedly the priority for Montoya, whichever destination he ultimately chooses, will be the firm guarantee of regular football, having continually slipped down the pecking order at Barcelona.

During the 2014-15 campaign in La Liga, Montoya made just six starts in La Liga, one in the Champions League and three in the Copa del Rey. Numbers he'll certainly hope to improve on, at his next club.

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