Liverpool's Montoya signature would be a coup

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Liverpool's dearth of full backs has led them to open talks with Barcelona over the signing of right back Martin Montoya.

Manager Brendan Rodgers has seen Jose Enrique ruled out until at least February with a knee injury, whilst Glen Johnson has missed games with a number of injuries. Youngster Jon Flanagan has deputised, but Rodgers is now seeking long-term solutions at full back.

And it seems Rodgers has identified Barcelona's Montoya as the man to come in, with his ability to play both full back positions likely to be valuable under the former Swansea boss. Montoya has struggled for first team football at the Camp Nou, with Dani Alves firmly entrenched in the right back role, and with contract set to expire next summer, the Spain Under 21 international is now looking leave Catalunya in order to further his career – to the disappointment of the fans, who want president Sandro Rosell to place an emphasis on keeping their young talent.

Arsenal have also been linked with a move for Montoya, but Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre has now flown to Spain in order to meet with Barcelona and close the deal. Relations between the two clubs are strong, with talks ongoing between the two clubs over goalkeeper Pepe Reina, which could swing the deal in Liverpool's favour.

Montoya will surely need some sort of guarantee of first team football, as the last thing he wants is to move from the bench at Barcelona to the bench at Liverpool. Glen Johnson is now 29, and with injuries becoming more and more frequent, there are question marks over his long term future at Anfield.

Meanwhile, Montoya is just 22 and has impressed during his sporadic appearances for Barcelona, and would be something of a coup with Arsenal and Inter Milan also taking an interest.

Whilst the Reds could land him for free in the summer, they are prepared to pay a fee to sign him in the January transfer window, alleviating concerns about who will play at full back but it would also eradicate the prospect of a team swooping in to steal him from Liverpool's clutches – which we have seen all too often recently.

With a knock-down price expected as Barceona look to prevent losing him for nothing, Liverpool could get themselves a bargain in Montoya, who will be pushing to break into the Spain squad in years to come, with no stand-out player at the position under Vicente del Bosque.

Would Montoya be an improvement on Glen Johnson? Can he reach his potential in England?

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