Martin Montoya has flown over to Italy in order to complete a medical at Inter Milan ahead of signing for the club on a two-year loan deal.
The defender has been expected to leave Barcelona for several months now, after failing to break into Luis Enrique's first-team, and, despite interest from elsewhere, it looks like the Spaniard will be joining Roberto Mancini's Inter.
Montoya Close to Switch
Montoya has arrived in Italy today and is expected to undergo a medical in Milan tomorrow, with the club hopeful of announcing the deal over the weekend, if not before.
The deal looks set to be a two-year loan deal, which will take him to the end of his contract in Spain, meaning Inter could then sign the right-back on a free transfer if he impresses during the initial loan spell.
Competition For Places
The 24-year-old was widely expected to be Barca's long-term right-back, and was expected to take over from Dani Alves for the new season, but the Brazilian extended his stay in Spain by signing a new two-year deal at the club.
To make things worse for Montoya, Barca then signed Sevilla star Aleix Vidal, who will join once Barcelona's embargo is lifted next year. According to reports, Inter will pay an initial fee of £1million to secure the loan-deal, with the option of making it permanent for £5.5m.
Agent Confirms Deal
Montoya's agent, Juan De Dios Carrasco, has confirmed the deal in question is about to happen and has revealed that they are just waiting for Barca to acquiesce on their part.
"We can say that we are waiting for Barça to give the all clear for Montoya to Inter to become 100 percent," he revealed to calciomercato.com.
"We already have an agreement. It's a matter of days."
"He is ready to fly to Milan as soon as everything is closed," he continued.
"We are just waiting for Barcelona."
Premier League Blow
The news will come as a massive blow to Premier League duo Arsenal and Liverpool, who have both been linked with making moves for the Spaniard in recent times. Of course both clubs may not be in the market for a right-back anymore.
The Reds have secured the signature of Nathaniel Clyne from Southampton, which was announced today, whilst Arsenal witnessed a breakthrough season for Hector Bellerin, who could be their long-term option at right-back.
Busy summer for Inter
As for Inter, they have had a busy summer already, with Geoffrey Kondogbia arriving from AS Monaco and Miranda reportedly close to agreeing a deal from Atletico Madrid.
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