Liverpool & Arsenal dealt blow over Barca defender

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Liverpool and Arsenal have been dealt a transfer blow in their reported pursuit of Barcelona defender Martin Montoya.

The former Spanish youth international, who has represented Catalonia twice, has been linked with a move to the Premier League, as his contract moves towards a conclusion at the Nou Camp.

However, the 22-year-old has made it clear that he wants to remain with the La Liga giants, and pen a new deal for Gerardo Martino's side.

"My desire is to stay at Barca," Montoya told Catalan Sports.

The Daily Star goes on to cite speculation in Spain when claiming that Barcelona will offer Montoya a new long-term contract next week, despite a lack of first team opportunities in recent seasons.

And, it's sure to be a blow to the two English clubs, who targeted the player as someone to bolster their ranks for respective title challenges.

The paper claims Liverpool were preparing a pre-contract offer for Montoya, after an impressive start to the campaign at Anfield.

Brendan Rodgers brought in new defenders during the summer transfer window, with Mamadou Sakho, Kolo Toure and Aly Cissokho arriving on Merseyside for the Reds.

Montoya would provide the manager with more options at right-back if Liverpool were able to secure the signature, but it now looks unlikely.

The same is true of Arsenal, who had also shown an interest in adding the player to their ranks at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsene Wenger's side have made a great start to the current season, but a lack of depth may prove to be crucial for the Gunners as the campaign moves into the New Year.

Montoya would have offered Arsenal competition and cover in the right-back position, but the Frenchman will now have to look elsewhere if he does want to add another body in the position.

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