Liverpool face competition for Barcelona fullback Martin Montoya.

The Mirror says Liverpool had appeared in pole position for his signature when managing director Ian Ayre jetted to Catalunya for talks over a move in November.

However, the player's future remains unresolved and though contract talks with Los Cules have broken down, Liverpool face a transfer scramble to bring the right-back to Anfield.

According to Josep Maria Orobitg, Montoya's agent, a number of clubs are keeping tabs on the Spanish under-21 international.

"At the moment everything is stopped [regarding a renewal with Barcelona]," said Orobitg, speaking to Tutto Mercato.

"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.

"Possible future in Italy for Montoya? Every day I have to clarify the situation of Martin, who has been requested by three clubs in Serie A.

"Montoya also has enquiries from other major European leagues, not just Serie A."

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