Adam Pope has dropped an exciting Leeds United transfer update amid their pursuit of Barcelona left-back Junior Firpo this summer.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side predominantly used Gjanni Alioski in the role last season in the Premier League, but with the North Macedonian’s future uncertain, it’s unsurprising that the club is eyeing up reinforcements in that area.
BBC reporter Pope has now revealed that the Whites are keen on signing Firpo, with the Spaniard set to cost around €15m (£12.8m).
He added added: “The 24-year-old former Real Betis man is among several targets for sporting director Victor Orta as United look for a new left-back. But Leeds face competition for Firpo from both AC and Inter Milan as well as Premier League rivals Southampton.”
While Firpo may not have had much game-time at Barcelona 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 enterprising Leeds outfit.
A profile piece on Sky Sports revealed: “Standing six feet tall, Firpo has a rangy stride that he uses to power himself down the flank and make infield incursions. He is also no stranger to yellow cards, having picked up four in 13 matches this season.
“Spanish publication Marca describes him as ‘effervescent’, and he perfectly fits Betis coach Quique Setien’s attacking philosophy. He also possesses the versatility to step into a back three on the left.”
He had also been tipped for an exciting career by former Barcelona star Eric Abidal, who told Diario Sport (via Tribuna): “He’s a player with a lot of potential. He could be one of the best left-backs in the world. I always tell him that he must work hard and be aware of the (style of) play. He’s going to get better, for sure. It’s always difficult to get started at Barca.”
Given the relatively low cost of the deal, and that he fits the profile of an attacking full-back, Leeds fans will surely be buzzing at Pope’s transfer update on Firpo.