Arsenal & Liverpool target could leave Barcelona in January

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Arsenal and Liverpool have been offered hope in their respective pursuits of Martin Montoya, after the Barcelona defender's agent, Jose Maria Orobitg, hinted that his client could leave Camp Nou in January, reports the Daily Star.

The 22-year-old has been the subject of intense transfer speculation all summer, with rumours fuelled by the fact the young Spaniard is growing frustrated at a lack of first-team opportunities under Gerardo Martino.

With his route to Barcelona's senior side currently blocked by Brazil international Dani Alves, Montoya might be forced to leave the Catalan club in order to continue his development.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been credited with an interest in bringing the right-back to the Emirates Stadium, as he looks to add competition for Bacary Sagna and Carl Jenkinson.

Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers is another Premier League manager keeping a watchful eye over the Barcelona youngster, as he too weighs up a bid to lure Montoya to Anfield.

Orobitg confirmed in an interview with Sky Italia earlier this summer that he was aware of interest from both Arsenal and Liverpool, but remained guarded about the player's long-term future.

However, speaking to Fichajes on Friday, Montoya's representative intimated that he could be on the move in January, if forthcoming contract talks with Barcelona do not go to plan.

"We don't exactly know what the club's plans are," he said. "We haven't talked to them.

"They've first extended the contracts of [Cristian] Tello and [Sergio] Busquets. Now it is Martin's turn.

"We'll see if we can reach an agreement, but it is difficult because he is not playing."

Asked specifically about the possibility of a transfer in the New Year, Orobitg added: "When things do not change between now and January, I dare not say what will happen."

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