Liverpool have been handed a massive boost in the race for Barcelona full-back Martin Montoya, after the player’s agent admitted that contract negotiations with the La Liga champions are at a standstill.
The Reds have been linked with the 22-year-old for some time, with a January raid for his signature having been mooted on several occasions.
Despite being one of the Spaniards’ most promising talents, Barca face the possibility of losing Montoya at the end of the season when his contract expires.
Talks between the youngster and the club have been on-going, but it is thought that the defender is seeking assurances of regular playing time, which may be out of the question in the short-term thanks to the presence of the experienced Dani Alves.
Monoya’s agent, Maria Orobitg, has revealed that negotiations are some way from being concluded, and that his client could be forced to look for a new club:
“At the moment everything is stopped. The situation is clear – if we cannot reach an agreement on a new contract, Montoya will be free to find a new club. It’s a complicated situation.” He is quoted by talkSPORT.
“There have been no recent contacts with the leaders of Barcelona. We will assess the situation, in the coming weeks we will have news.”