According to German newspaper Bild as reported by Le 10 Sport, the ex-Barca boss is set to return to the Nou Camp again to pick up one of the club’s brightest academy prospects, six months after bringing Thiago Alcantara to the Bundesliga from Barcelona.
Interested clubs will be able to discuss terms over a pre-contract agreement as early as January under FIFA rules regulating Bosman transfers while Barca could sell him for a cut-price fee in the January window rather than risk losing him for nothing six months later.
And Montoya’s agent, Jose Maria Orbotig, has confirmed that there’s strong interest in his player – although he failed to name Chelsea, Liverpool, Naples or Bayern Munich by name.
“Montoya has been linked to many clubs but has not been contacted,” he said. “The priority is to renew with Barcelona. But if things turn different then we will evaluate the proposals.
“At the moment there is nothing concrete but I can assure you that this guy has fans across Europe. But we’ll talk about that in January or June.”
The Spain under-21 international was reportedly a top target for Brendan Rodgers, with Liverpool thought to be leading the chase to sign him.
But recent weeks has seen interest materialise from the likes of Chelsea and Naples, and most recently, Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen.
Chelsea and Liverpool both have strong Spanish contingents in their respective dressing rooms, but Montoya may find it difficult to turn down the opportunity to work with Guardiola again – Alcantara certainly did.