Full-back for Barcelona Junior Firpo is allegedly close to completing a transfer to Leeds United. The Spaniard is not in Ronald Koeman’s plans for the club and will be allowed to go this summer.
Leeds has had a €15 million bid for Firpo accepted by Barcelona, according to SPORT, and the transaction is expected to be completed within the next 48 hours. Marcelo Bielsa and Victor Orta are said to have persuaded the Spaniard to join Leeds by promising him consistent playing time.
AC Milan was also interested in signing Firpo from Barcelona, but the Rossoneri were pushing for a loan deal, according to reports.
Furthermore, with Theo Hernandez as the club’s first-choice left-back, Firpo would likely return to the bench if he joined the Serie A team.
Leeds, on the other hand, lack a well-known left-back capable of playing in the Premier League.
For the most of the 2020-21 season, the Peacocks started Ezgjan Alioski in that position, but with the addition of Firpo, the North Macedonian will be able to play in his favorite midfield spot.
In the 2020-21 season, Firpo only made 15 appearances for Barcelona in all competitions.
At only 24, a change of environment could help the Spaniard rediscover the form that prompted the Catalan giants to purchase him from Real Betis in the first place.
Barcelona is gearing up for a big summer.
Barcelona is preparing for a busy transfer window this summer. The Blaugrana have already announced deals for Sergio Aguero and Memphis Depay, while Lionel Messi’s contract is apparently close to being finalized.
The Argentine is scheduled to become a free agent at the end of the week, but he is willing to sign a new two-year contract with Barcelona. The club is also rumored to be working on player exits, with a number of periphery players on the cutting block.
In order to cut Barcelona’s hefty pay bill, players like Philippe Coutinho, Samuel Umtiti, Miralem Pjanic, and Martin Braithwaite are all expected to be sold this summer.
Lionel Messi’s contract extension with Barcelona is finally coming. 🇦🇷— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 27, 2021
Barça board and Messi’s camp feel now ‘confident’ to officially announce the agreement until June 2023 next week.
Both parties involved are working to fix ‘final details’ on contract clauses. ⏳ pic.twitter.com/dZ0zIsGeB3