Former Spain Under-21 international determined to leave Catalan giants, with Reds keen to pounce.
Liverpool’s hopes of signing Barcelona defender Martin Montoya have received a boost, report The Metro.
The 23-year-old full-back recently expressed his disappointment at the lack of first-team action he was getting at the Camp Nou.
Montoya has since had more game time, but he remains keen to leave, according to his agent, Juan Dios Carrasco.
“Since we wrote to the club, Martin has played four times,” Carrasco apparently told Spanish radio station Cope.
“This made us happy.
“We would rather he is on the pitch than on the bench or in the stands.
“But our idea is still the same and the player wants to leave.”
A move away in this month’s transfer window appears to be the preference for Montoya, who is among Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers’ top targets.
Montoya is a product of Barcelona’s famous La Masia academy.
He broke into the senior team in 2011, but he has made just 40 appearances to date.
Montoya is comfortable at left-back or right-back
Liverpool would probably use him predominantly on the right, with fellow Spaniard Alberto Moreno operating on the opposite flank.
The Reds’ need for a new right-back is likely to increase this summer, as Glen Johnson will be out of contract.
Defending has been problematic for Liverpool this season. The Anfield outfit have conceded 27 goals in the first 21 Premier League games, keeping just six clean sheets.