Chelsea & Arsenal defender target opens January transfer door


Martin Montoya is open to talking to possible suitors in January amidst interest from both Chelsea and Arsenal.

The 20-year-old Barcelona full back is in negotiations with the La Liga champions over a possible new deal, with his current contract in Catalonia set to expire at the end of the season.

However, agent José María Orogibt has admitted that his client is willing to discuss a possible move with other clubs, meaning the possibility of a pre-contract agreement - which would see Montoya leave the Nou Camp on a free transfer in the summer - is on the cards.

"In January we could talk with other teams, and I say could because we are talking about renewing with Barca," Orogibt told CalcioMercatoWeb.

Chelsea were first linked with a move for Montoya during the summer transfer window, with Andre Villas-Boas reportedly keen on bringing the right back to Stamford Bridge.

Fresh reports earlier in the week suggested Blues sporting director Michael Emenalo had highlighted the player as one of four possible Barca targets for Chelsea to pursue, with Sergio Roberto, Marc Bartra and Rafa Alcantara also linked with a move to west London.

And, following the addition of Oriol Romeu in the previous window, the two clubs already have a relationship in place should Chelsea wish to make an offer for the Spanish U21 international in the New Year.

Arsenal were also linked with a move for Montoya in the summer, with the defender mentioned as part of a potential swap-deal for Cesc Fabregas.

The former Gunners club captain instead went for £35 million, but that's not to suggest that Arsene Wenger isn't interested in a deal that would see the player move to the Emirates for a relatively cheap fee.

Wenger is renowned for his frugal approach to the transfer market, and with Montoya's current deal in Catalonia set to expire at the end of the season, the Arsenal boss could snap-up the player for a relatively cheap fee.

With a lack of competition for Bacary Sagna at right back, Montoya would add some much-needed strength-in-depth to the Gunners backline, strengthening the claims that Arsenal could once again make the top four in the Barclays Premier League.

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