Leeds United transfer target Junior Firpo seems like the perfect fit for Marcelo Bielsa amid Fabrizio Romano’s latest update.
BBC reporter Adam Pope has revealed that the Whites are keen on signing Firpo, with the Spaniard set to cost around €15m (£12.8m).
And now, Romano has claimed that Bielsa’s side are nearing a deal for the left-back.
Via his official Twitter account, the journalist said: “Leeds are set to sign Junior Firpo from Barcelona, confirmed. The agreement will be completed for €15m + add ons, final details then deal done. #LUFC #FCB”
In the time that the summer transfer window has been often, Leeds fans have seen plenty of names linked with arriving at Elland Road, with the likes of Romain Perraud and Javi Galan, in particular, those who have been mentioned the most.
But a deal for Firpo is a hugely exciting one, especially given the kind of rave reviews he has earned for his ability and athleticism.
Speaking to The Yorkshire Evening Post, player analyst, Josh Hobbs, said: “My feeling is that he’s not great at winning the ball in duels but I don’t think it matters hugely. He is an excellent athlete and in our man-marking system that can cover for a few issues in defensive fundamentals.
“Going forwards, he’s a good dribbler – particularly when he gets up to speed and he can steam past players. He likes to play a pass into midfield and then sprint down the line to receive in behind and get into the box.
“His delivery in wide areas is usually a fizzed low cross, which is dangerous as often if the player at the front post misses it, can be met by somebody running centrally or to the back post.”
While Firpo may not have been a regular starter at the Camp Nou last season – he played just 18 times in all competitions – he is the kind of attacking left-back who seems to be a perfect fit for Bielsa’s Leeds.
In his real breakthrough season with Real Betis during the 2018/2019 campaign, Firpo managed three goals and four assists in La Liga, as well as averaging 0.8 shots, 0.8 key passes and 1.3 dribbles per game.
The £85k-a-week earning ace’s arrival is sure to have fans buzzing at Elland Road, not least because of his attacking instincts, but also because it brings an end to their long-running pursuit of signing a new first-team left-back.
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