BARCELONA

Barça's Martín Montoya close to joining Valencia

The full-back is recovering se recupera en el gimnasio de Saint George’s Park, y aumentan las opciones de que se vaya rumbo a Mestalla.

Barça's Martín Montoya close to joining Valencia
FERNANDO ZUERAS

Barcelona defender Martín Montoya has spent the past couple of days training apart from his team mates while he recovers from twinges relating to an injury to his right adductor muscle. Barça's coaching staff and medical team have advised the player to alternate light exercises with physitherapy as part of hi rehabilitation.

Despite those fitness problems, it's clear that Montoya doesn't feature in Luis Enrique's plans for the new season. Like Cristian Tello, he was invited to join the squad in their summer stage at Saint George’s Park merely to avoid any problems with the Spanish Footballers' Association (AFE). The full-back is on Valencia's agenda, and as it stands, negotiations are ongoing. Pako Ayestarán is on the lookout for a right-back and the Barça defender, who last season played on loan at Inter Milan and Betis fits the bill.