Martin Montoya: Brighton in talks with Real Betis over potential deal for right-back

Ex-Barcelona defender has one year left on contract at Amex

Martin Montoya
Image: Brighton are in talks with Real Betis over a potential deal for Martin Montoya

Brighton are in talks with La Liga side Real Betis over a potential deal for right-back Martin Montoya.

The former Barcelona defender has one year left on his contract at the Amex Stadium.

Teenager Tariq Lamptey, a January signing from Chelsea, impressed in the right-back role when the Premier League resumed after lockdown and Montoya may struggle to get regular game-time in the new season.

Martin Montoya of Brighton & Hove Albion in action during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace
Image: Martin Montoya has made 56 appearances for Brighton

The 29-year-old previously spent half a season on loan at Betis from former club Inter Milan in 2016.

Montoya was signed in August 2018 from Valencia on a four-year deal and has made 56 appearances for the Seagulls.

Leeds bid for White, Brighton want Nunez

Leeds United have made a third bid for defender Ben White, believed to be £25m.

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Leeds chief executive Angus Kinnear reveals Marcelo Bielsa is 'very close' to signing a new contract, but admits a deal to bring Ben White back to Elland Road is 'challenging'.

White's current deal runs until 2022 with the option of a further 12 months and Brighton boss Graham Potter is keen to integrate him into the first team this season.

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Brighton also face competition from Benfica for Almeria striker Darwin Nunez. Both clubs are interested in the 21-year-old, who scored 16 goals last season as Almeria narrowly missed out on promotion to La Liga.

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