Leeds United are interested in signing Barcelona defender Junior Firpo this summer as their search for a new left-back continues.
The Lowdown: Leeds look for new left-back
Marcelo Bielsa will be eyeing up reinforcements throughout his squad in the summer transfer window, but left-back could be a priority position for the manager.
With Ezgjan Alioski’s future very much up in the air, additions in that area could be essential as Leeds look to continue their current rise.
The Latest: Whites interested in signing Firpo
According to The Yorkshire Evening Post‘s Graham Smyth, the Whites are keen on bringing Firpo to the club, with the Spaniard being described as a ‘strong candidate’ at left-back. A number of other clubs are also interested in signing the 24-year-old, though, with Napoli mentioned in the report.
Firpo made just seven appearances for Barca in La Liga last season, struggling to oust first-choice left-back Jordi Alba from the starting lineup (Transfermarkt).
The Verdict: Exciting left-back option
Firpo seems to be an ideal option for Leeds, given his age and style of play, with his peak years not likely to arrive for a while.
The Spaniard enjoyed an 89.7& pass completion rate in the league last season, which suggest that he could thrive in Bielsa’s possession-based system. Admittedly he wasn’t always tested defensively at Barca – he only averaged 0.1 tackles per game – but his tally of 1.8 for Real Betis in 2018/19 suggests he can thrive in that area when required.
Leeds could do a lot worse than considering a move for Firpo, who may want a move to a club where he might enjoy more regular game-time.
In other news, a pundit has claimed one Leeds player could be sold this summer. Find out who it is here.
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