Leeds United are reportedly on the verge of signing Barcelona left-back Junior Firpo, with a move to Elland Road now thought to be imminent.
The Lowdown: Leeds keen on Firpo move
The Whites are on the lookout for a new left-back this summer and Firpo has emerged as a front-runner, in that respect.
The Barcelona defender has been described as a ‘strong candidate‘ for the role and could look for a fresh challenge, in order to earn more playing time.
Firpo only managed three La Liga starts last season, with Jordi Alba keeping him out of the Barca team.
The Latest: Fresh update emerges
According to Calciomercato [via Sport Witness], Leeds have made a ‘decisive thrust’ in their efforts to sign the 24-year-old, with the report even claiming that a deal ‘will be closed in the next few hours’ by ‘the club of (Andrea) Radrizzani’.
Leeds are believed to have met Barca’s €15million (£12.8m) asking price for Firpo and a medical could take place early next week.
The Verdict: Ready-made Alioski replacement
Firpo is an exciting left-back who could thrive under Marcelo Bielsa, having averaged an incredible 92.9 percent pass completion rate in the Champions League last season.
That proves how adept he is in possession, suiting Leeds’ forward-thinking style down to the ground, and his attack-minded nature means he could even be an option on the left side of midfield, where he has played on occasion.
Firpo looks an ideal replacement for Ezgjan Alioski, assuming the North Macedonian moves on this summer, acting as a younger but equally versatile flying full-back.
In other news, Leeds have reportedly made contact with another left-back target – find out who it is here.
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