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Liverpool transfer news: Kop closing in on Barcelona ace Montoya


Liverpool are keeping tabs on Barcelona's Martin Montoya

Liverpool are closing in on a deal for Barcelona right-back Martin Montoya.

Montoya has been identified as an ideal replacement for Glen Johnson who will leave the club when his current deal expires at Anfield this month.

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The 24-year-old Montoya is keen to leave the Nou Camp to secure regular first-team football next season. It is thought around £7m would be enough to land the Spanish international.

Montoya was further knocked down the pecking order after Barcelona completed the signing of Aleix Vidal from Sevilla yesterday, which has paved the way for the player to leave.

Johnson, meanwhile, is expected to join Besiktas when his contract runs out.

The 30-year-old made 28 appearances in all competitions last season but fell largely out of favour under Brendan Rodgers as the season progressed.


Glen Johnson is out of contract in the summer

Glen Johnson is out of contract in the summer

Glen Johnson is out of contract in the summer

Roma have also been monitoring his situation as are a number of Premier League clubs. Johnson joined Liverpool for £18m which made him, at the time, the Reds' most expensive ever defender.

Manchester City will not give up in their pursuit of Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling this summer.

City chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak has vowed to spend whatever it takes to win the Premier League and Champions League next season with Sterling their top target to make it happen.

City’s need for homegrown players has been accentuated by the departures of James Milner, Scott Sinclair and Dedryck Boyata already this summer, and they could be forced into paying over the odds for Sterling, who was rated as the sixth most valuable player in the world in a report published earlier this week.

Finally, Liverpool are set to sign Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan.

Bogdan will become a free agent when his contract expires next month and has received a host of offers from various clubs.

But the Guardian believe that he will join the Reds and that Rodgers sees him as ideal competition for Simon Mignolet.

Mignolet finished the season strongly despite suffering a loss of form mid-way through the campaign.

While Liverpool had been looking at more experienced and more expensive keepers, Bodgan is seen as a sound shotstopper and a bargain at that.