A source from Leeds United has claimed that Junior Firpo should sign in a ‘matter of days’.
The Lowdown: Alioski leaves
Ezgjan Alioski has left Elland Road as a free agent as his contract ran down, meaning that Marcelo Bielsa’s team will be looking for a new first-team left-back if the North Macedonia international does not re-sign soon.
The Argentine will be looking for a player to suit his style of play and is capable of coping with the demands of the Premier League.
The Latest: Firpo almost done
As per Mundo Deportivo (via Sport Witness), both the Yorkshire club and FC Barcelona are finalising the last details of a transfer for Firpo, with the fee believed to be in the region of €15-18m (£12.9-15.5m).
A source from the Whites has told the news outlet that discussions between the two teams remain at an ‘advanced’ stage, and that a deal should be completed in a ‘matter of days’.
The Verdict: Good signing
Given that Alioski has now technically left, the Whites certainly need to bring in a new starting left-back, and Firpo fits the bill.
Having developed his game playing with the likes of Lionel Messi, the 24-year-old is certainly an exciting talent, as Barca legend and former left-back Eric Abidal even went as far as to claim that he could turn out to be ‘one of the best’ in the world in his position a year ago (Tribuna).
Should Leeds sign Firpo?
Firpo certainly has the qualities to thrive under Bielsa in the top flight, as he was described by Barcelona upon signing him as having ‘tireless legs’ and ‘electricity’, implying that he is very fast (fcbarcelona.es).
Described as an ‘outstanding’ player by former Premier League full-back Alan Hutton recently (Football Insider), Firpo could well turn out to be a very smart signing by LUFC.
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