Brighton complete deal for former Barcelona ace

Albion have made right-back Martin Montoya their tenth signing of the summer after bringing the 27-year-old in from Valencia on a four-year deal.

Martin Montoya. Picture by Adam Brett/BHAFC
Martin Montoya. Picture by Adam Brett/BHAFC

The former Barcelona and Inter Milan defender has joined on undisclosed terms, with the move subject to international clearance.

Albion submitted a deal sheet to the Premier League - allowing the club an additional two hours to provide the remaining documentation on the transfer - and completed the deal ahead of the 7pm deadline.

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Montoya spent nine years in the academy at Barcelona, before graduating to the club’s B side in 2009. He broke into the senior Barcelona side in 2011 and made 67 appearances, helping the club to seven trophies - including one Champions League win and three La Liga titles.

He spent the 2015/16 season on loan at Inter Milan and Real Betis, before moving to Valencia in 2016 where he made more than 50 appearances - and also played alongside Albion goalkeeper Mathew Ryan.

Seagulls manager Chris Hughton said: “Martin’s pedigree is excellent, and I’m delighted we have been able to add a player of his standing to our squad. There is no doubt he will improve our options in the right-back position.

“He’s won several domestic and European honours in Spain, and played the majority of his career in the top level of La Liga. He has a wealth of experience, at 27 years old he is a very good age, and I’m now looking forward to working with him.”