03/07/2021; 1:16 PM By : Steven D. Thompson
Barcelona defender Junior Firpo is set to join Leed United for a fee believed to be in the range of £13 million (€15m).
According to GOAL, Leed United and Barcelona have agreed to a fee believed to be £13 million for the left-back. The 24-year-old left-back will be Leed United’s first signing of the summer when the transfer is concluded. Leed United is now bookmakers favourite to sign the Barcelona left-back.
Marcelo Bielsa is keen to provide cover for Ezgjan Alioski, and he believes Firpo fits the role perfectly. The outgoing Barcelona left-back is expected to be unveiled in time for the start of their pre-season tour.
Firpo, who found playing time hard to come by at the Nou Camp, will be joining the Yorkshire outfit as their first summer signing.
Firpo has failed to displace Jordi Alba as Barcelona’s first choice at the left-back position. Alba has remained the number one choice in that position, and as such, Firpo has found it hard to get playing time at Barcelona. Despite joining the club in August 2019, Firpo has made only 41 appearances.
Barcelona had initially offered the 24-year-old left-back to West Ham, Southampton and AC Milan as they looked to move him and others from their wage bill.
Firpo is set to become the third Barcelona player to leave the Nou Camp this summer. He will join Jean-Claire Todibo, who has moved to Nice and Matheus Fernandes, who was released from his contract.
Several Barca players are also for sale, including Neto, Samuel Umtiti, Miralem Pjanic, Philippe Coutinho and Martin Braithwaite.
Barcelona, looking to free up funds in order to support Leonel Messi’s new contract, will have to share a portion of the transfer fee with Real Betis. Firpo joined the Catalunya club from Real Betis for a fee of £15million, rising to £26m, and they still owe money on that deal. Real Betis is set to receive a 15 per cent share of the Firpo transfer fee.