Arsenal have not given up hope of signing Barcelona outcast Martin Montoya despite the fact the 24-year-old defender has joined Inter Milan on a two-year loan deal.
According to talkSPORT, the 24 month arrangement with the Serie 'A' giants that is on the verge of being officially announced can be broken if any suitor lodges a formal bid to take the former Spain U21 international permanently.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has long been linked with a prospective move for Montoya, but for whatever reason a transfer to the Emirates Stadium has never transpired.
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The arrival of Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers in north London last summer - plus the recent rise of academy product Hector Bellerin - means that Arsenal are actually well stocked in Montoya's specialist position on the right side of defence.
However, it's understood that Wenger will continue to monitor Montoya's progress at the San Siro closely with a view to potentially firming up his interest in 2016.
Liverpool have also been mooted as admirers of the Barca youngster, but their recent acquisition of Nathaniel Clyne from Southampton means Brendan Rodgers is no longer in the need for another full-back at Anfield.
Montoya has grown increasingly frustrated about his lack of first-team opportunities at Camp Nou and has finally been allowed to depart the Catalan giants by manager Luis Enrique.
In Italy he'll be looking to prove his credentials as a star of the future with the help of a regular run of games for the Nerazzurri under the guidance of Roberto Mancini.
Montoya will become Inter's fourth acquisition of the summer so far, following the earlier capture of Jeison Murillo, Geoffrey Kondogbia and Miranda.
Pictures emerged on Twitter on Thursday morning of club president Erick Thohir welcoming the player to Milan's Malpensa airport after flying in for a medical and to negotiate personal terms.
The Blaugrana's decision to extend the contract of veteran right-back Dani Alves at the end of last season effectively quashed any hope Montoya had of breaking into the treble-winners' starting XI next term, so this move to Serie 'A' makes sense for all parties.
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