06 Jul Junior Firpo joins Leeds United from Barcelona on a four-year deal
Firpo, 24, has agreed a four-year deal at Elland Road and will join up with Marcelo Bielsa’s squad for preseason immediately.
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Southampton and West Ham United had shown an interest in the left-back as well, but sources told Football4cast he was initially reluctant to move to England.
AC Milan also held talks with Barca about a loan move, but the Catalan club always made it clear they would prioritise a permanent transfer.
Leeds emerged on the scene at the end of May and director of football Victor Orta played a key role in selling the club to Firpo.
The former Spain Under-21 international wanted to leave Barca in search of regular football and was convinced he would be the perfect fit in coach Bielsa’s system.
✍️ #LUFC is delighted to announce the signing of Junior Firpo from Barcelona
— Leeds United (@LUFC) July 6, 2021
For Barca, the deal represents a much-needed injection of money as they appear to cut back their debt and produce their wage invoice below management.
Firpo turns into the third participant to go away for a price in simply over every week, with Jean-Clair Todibo becoming a member of Good in a deal value as much as €15.5m and Konrad de la Fuente signing for Marseille for €3m.
Barca are discovering it tougher to maneuver on a few of their greater earners, with Neto, Samuel Umtiti, Miralem Pjanic, Philippe Coutinho and Martin Braithwaite among the many different gamers made accessible for transfers this summer season.
After shifting to Spain from the Dominican Republic on the age of six, Firpo joined Actual Betis as an 18-year-old in 2014.
He went on to make 43 appearances for Betis’ first team earlier than Barca signed him as competitors for Jordi Alba for an preliminary €18m in 2019.
Nevertheless, first-team alternatives have been laborious to return by at Camp Nou, the place he has been restricted to simply 22 begins throughout two seasons.