Barcelona right-back Martin Montoya is reportedly considering a summer move to Liverpool after earlier this week Manchester United target Dani Alves agreed a new deal to stay at Camp Nou – while the Catalans also completed the signing of Sevilla full wing-back Aleix Vidal.
Brendan Rodgers is said to be a big admirer of the 24-year-old defender with Liverpool already heavily linked with his services in last summer's transfer window but the player decided to commit his future to the club with a new deal until 2018 and a release clause of €20m (£14m, $22.4m) – while Rodgers signed his compatriot Javier Manquillon on loan.
But with Alves blocking Montoya's breakthrough into the first team, the right-back's agent Javier Carrasco reignited speculation over a move to Merseyside after revealing his intentions to leave the club amid offers from English clubs.
"He is going to go in January and all that has to be done is to reach an agreement with Barcelona. There are a number of clubs in England that are ready to negotiate for him and his buy-out clause is €20m."
But Barcelona manager Luis Enrique blocked his intentions because Alves' future at the club looked all but uncertain.
With the Brazilian confirming just weeks ago he was ready to leave the Camp Nou and Barcelona unable to sign a replacement due to a Fifa transfer ban, Montoya was expected to become first choice right-back next season.
However, Montoya's situation has given a new unexpected twist in the last week.
Firstly Alves surprisingly changed his mind and committed his future to the club with a new two-year deal and secondly Barcelona signed versatile full-back Vidal.
The former Sevilla star is not able to play until January due to their Fifa ban but, according to Mundo Deportivo, Montoya is upset about the situation and considering to leave the club during the summer transfer window.
The Catalan-based newspaper claim that the Spaniard has already a number of offers in the table, with Liverpool emerging as front-runner to secure his services alongside Sevilla.
Nevertheless, Rodgers is desperately looking to bolster the right-back role after the club confirmed on Friday 12 June the departure of Glen Johnson.