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Liverpool Transfer News: Reds Must Stay Aggressive in Pursuit of Martin Montoya

BARCELONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 17:  Martin Montoya of FC Barcelona runs with the ball during the Copa del Rey round of 32 second leg match between FC Barcelona and Cartagena at Camp Nou on December 17, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 9, 2014

There are times in the transfer window where clubs should continue pursuing players regardless of how they describe the situation. Liverpool's aim of bringing in Martin Montoya is one of those cases.

Alex Richards of the Daily Mirror first reported that the Reds are interested in the Barcelona defender, who has had a hard time getting onto the pitch this season. More importantly, his contract is up at the end of the year and an extension seems to be far away.

The problem is that Montoya himself seems to be willing to wait. According to Liam Prenderville of the Daily Mirror, the defender recently told reporters:

There is no hurry for me to sign a new deal. I am at the best club in the world and I learn each day from Dani Alves.

I believe that the negotiations are on the way but without pressure.

Obviously, there are advantages for Montoya to stay with Barcelona. At 22 years old, he legitimately could use the time to sit on the bench and learn from some of the best players in the world. Although he would lack game experience, the knowledge he would gain is impossible to match.

Additionally, Dani Alves is 30 years old while Adriano is 29. Eventually, Barca will need a player to take over at either left or right back, and Montoya would be the next to step up in the position for the world-class club.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 05:  Martin Montoya of FC Barcelona duels for the ball with Ruben Perez of Elche FC during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Elche FC at Camp Nou on January 5, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Imag
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However, Barcelona are not going to force either player out of their spots any time soon, so there is no telling when an opportunity could come. This is not the case with Liverpool.

The Premier League club has three solid veterans on the defensive line in Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel and Glen Johnson. However, filling the left back position has proven to be tougher. Jose Enrique cannot stay healthy, while Jon Flanagan and Aly Cissokho are likely average at best.

If Montoya were to come to Anfield, he would likely immediately get first-team action and solidify the back line as one of the best in the EPL. Additionally, he would become a big piece of the future that can keep getting better as the current group starts to fade.

Of course, he can also learn the position from Johnson, who has competed in EPL, Champions League and World Cup matches for over a decade.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 15:  Glen Johnson of England in action during the international friendly match between England and Chile at Wembley Stadium on November 15, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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From Barcelona's perspective, this transfer would be a smart way to get something in return for Montoya before his contract runs out in June. It is hard to imagine the player re-signing without a guaranteed spot on the first team, so he could end up leaving for free.

However, this deal could help bring some money that could be reinvested in the club during the winter or summer transfer window. 

Montoya stated that he is happy where he is, but a transfer to Liverpool could end up helping everyone involved. This means the club should remain aggressive in trying to sign him and do whatever it takes to bring him to Anfield for the rest of the year.

 

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