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Martin Montoya set for January return to Barcelona after failed Inter Milan loan move

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On-loan Inter Milan defender Martin Montoya could return to Barcelona in January after only six months away from the club, according to Corriere dello Sport.

The 24-year-old joined the Nerazzurri on loan with the option to buy in the summer amidst his search for first-team football. Unfortunately for Montoya, though, he has failed to hold any impact with his new side and is yet to make a single appearance under Roberto Mancini this campaign.

The report suggests the Spaniard has already spoken to Inter regarding an early exit. In fact, it is believed the Serie A side are working on terminating Montoya's deal, given that Inter's sporting director Piero Ausilio was spotted watching Barcelona's 6-1 win over Roma on Tuesday.

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The newspaper claims Ausilio met with the Blaugrana and Montoya’s lawyer, Juan de Dios Carrasco, to discuss his future - and given that his buyout clause is dependent on appearances, he could return to Catalonia in January.

Despite playing regularly during pre-seasion, the Spaniard suffered from the solid form of Alex Telles, who is one of Mancini's favorites and has been one of the key performers for the Italian side since the start of the season.

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However, even if Montoya returns to Camp Nou, his chances of getting regular first team football once again seem slim given Dani Alves' dominance in the right-back position.

On top of that, the Catalans have also secured the services of ex-Sevilla man Aleix Vidal, who's capable of covering the same position upon his long-awaited arrival in January.

Therefore, another loan move might be on the cards for Montoya, who was tracked by several clubs in the summer, including Italian champions Juventus.

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