Martin Montoya attracting Manchester United transfer interest

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Manchester United have received a huge boost in their alleged pursuit of Martin Montoya after the Barcelona defender's agent hinted that he will ask to leave Camp Nou in January. (Daily Star)

Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal has been linked with a host of different defensive acquisitions, and was even credited with an interest in the Spaniard's Barca team-mate Gerard Pique.

However, after Pique made clear he would not be returning to Old Trafford, the Premier League giants have now turned their attention to 23-year-old Montoya.

Arsenal and Liverpool have also been mooted as admirers of the player that has so far struggled to cement his place in Luis Enrique's first-team, but it's Manchester United that are believed to be favourites to secure the right-back's signature.

Montoya made 19 appearances for Barcelona last season but has been restricted to one solitary game this term, so he might fancy his chances of more regular action in Van Gaal's team as a replacement for Rafael on the right flank.

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Manchester United have been boosted in their long-term pursuit of Kevin Strootman after AS Roma's failure to qualify for the knockout stages of this season's Champions League. (Sky Sports)

The Serie 'A' club's director Mauro Baldissoni admitted in the aftermath of last night's defeat against Manchester City, that it could be time to cash-in on the 24-year-old midfielder.

Louis van Gaal has been warned against bidding for Marco Reus by Borussia Dortmund's general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke, who remains adamant that the German star will still be at the club next season. (talkSPORT)

The 25-year-old playmaker has been heavily linked with a move away from the Westfalenstadion in 2015, but Watzke insists that Reus remains happy where he is - even after attracting interest from Manchester United.

Nemanja Vidic's agent has slammed suggestions his client could be set for a return to Manchester United in January. (The Express)

The 33-year-old defender departed Old Trafford on a free transfer during the summer and signed a three-year deal in Italy, and Silvano Martina has insisted there is no chance of a move back to the Red Devils.

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