18 Oct 2015

Transfer Update: Klopp makes decision on 'incredible' €20m Barca star; tells Liverpool to scrap the deal

Over the last two years, Liverpool have been constantly linked with a move for allegedly 'incredible' Barcelona outcast Martin Montoya, who seemingly remained a target for Brendan Rodgers right up to the day FSG terminated his contract. Well, things appear to be different under Jurgen Klopp, who reportedly isn't interested in signing the Spanish full-back.

According to The Mirror this weekend:

"Liverpool have ditched a bid to bring in Martin Montoya in January. The Reds have been on the trail of Montoya for years, but Jurgen Klopp has made it clear he isn’t interested".

Transfer timeline:

* May 2013: Spanish newspaper Sport alleged that Liverpool had 'enquired about the status of Montoya' and claimed that Brendan Rogers is a big fan of the Barca player'.

* Sep 2013: Montoya's agent, Jose Maria Orobitg, told FCInterNews: "The renewal [of Montoya's contract] has not yet arrived...and Liverpool are interested"

* Dec 2013: The Guardian claimed: "Liverpool have opened talks with Barcelona over the transfer of Martín Montoya. Managing director, Ian Ayre, met Barcelona officials in Catalunya [last] Thursday to discuss a possible fee".

* Nov 2014: Reports in Spain claimed that Liverpool were on the verge of sealing a January deal for Montoya.

* Dec 2014: Montoya's agent told reporters: "Montoya will 100 per cent leave Barcelona. Germany, Italy and England all have clubs that are already pulling strings to sign him."

* Jan 2015: Montoya's Agent confirmed: "The player wants to leave. We are waiting for the club to select a new sporting director so we can speak with him and find a solution."

* March 2015: The Mirror claimed that Barcelona had given Liverpool the 'green light' to sign Montoya.

* May 2015: The Liverpool Echo claimed that Montoya had'agreed terms' with Liverpool.

* Jun 2015: The Telegraph reported: "Liverpool are closing in on a deal Martin Montoya. The 24-year-old is keen to leave the Nou Camp to secure first team football".

With Clyne, Flanagan, Wisdom, and Randall (who made the bench on Saturday) Liverpool have plenty of cover at right back, so it's no great surprise if Klopp has crossed Montoya off the club's list of transfer targets.

That said, none of the aforementioned players is a significant attacking threat, but maybe they'll improve in that area under Klopp's tutelage.

As for Montoya: he's yet to make a single appearance for Inter this season, and after being a bit-part player at the Nou Camp, it seems like history is repeating itself in Italy.

Author: Jaimie K



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