Reports in Italy claim that Serie A champions Juventus are closing in on Barcelona full-back Martin Montoya – who has long been linked with a move to Anfield.
The twenty-three year has been on the sidelines at the Camp Nou for some years now and it finally looks like he will be allowed to move on in search of regular first-team football after failing to dislodge Brazilian Dani Alves from the team.
Both Liverpool and Premiership rivals Arsenal were said to be closely monitoring Montoya’s situation at the Catalan club, but it now seems as if Juventus have stolen a march on the English pair by agreeing a deal for the right-back.
According to Sportmediaset, the Champions League side have been given the go ahead to negotiate terms for the defender – but the Spanish side reportedly want Montoya’s full release clause of £15m to be paid, with Juventus hoping for a significantly reduced fee to be agreed.
That could allow either Brendan Rodgers or Arsene Wenger to move in for a deal if Juventus cannot bring the price down, but it looks as if the Italian side have won the long running race for Montoya.