Liverpool ready to swoop for Barcelona full-back Montoya

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants to bolster his defensive options with the January signing of Barcelona full-back Martin Montoya, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

The Reds are already in talks with Barcelona over Montoya, who is capable of playing on the left or the right of defence. The 22-year-old’s contract with the Catalans expires at the end of the season but Liverpool do not want to wait until then to snap up the Spain Under-21 international, who is attracting attention from a host of clubs.

Montoya has been unable to dislodge Dani Alves from the Barcelona XI on a regular basis despite breaking into the senior Spain national team, although he has yet to make his debut for the world and European champions.

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre travelled to Barcelona this week to push for the transfer, with Rodgers running short on full-backs. Montoya’s compatriot, Jose Enrique, is likely to be missing for a further two months and Aly Cissokho, signed on loan from Valencia in August, has struggled to adapt to the Premier League. Jon Flanagan took the left-back slot against Everton but the youngster is predominantly right-sided.

Montoya has made 36 appearances for Barcelona, having come through the club’s famed youth academy. He has featured in the first team seven times this season, most recently in the midweek Champions League defeat away at Ajax.

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