Valencia have today confirmed the signing of Martín Montoya from Barcelona.
The 25-year-old has joined the club on a four-year deal, having seen his contract terminated by the Catalan giants. As such, the right back moves to the Mestalla on a free transfer after leaving Barcelona’s English training camp at the weekend.
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Having tried to sign him for €3m in 2011, Valencia have finally got their man
Montoya departs Barcelona having come through the Masia academy. He made his debut in 2011, and went on to make 66 more appearances for Barca’s senior team.
He has three La Liga medals to his name, and was part of the Barcelona squad that won the Champions League in 2015 (though he was not in the matchday squad for the final).
However, he has been surplus to requirements at the Camp Nou for the past twelve months or so. He was sent on loan to Inter for the first half of last season, and Real Betis for the second.
At international level, although he has been called up by the Spanish senior side in the past, he has yet to make his full international debut.
He becomes the second arrival at Valencia this summer, following the earlier acquisition of former Manchester United winger Nani.
He also becomes the fourth defender to leave Barcelona on a permanent basis this summer, following Marc Bartra, Adriano and Dani Alves out the exit door.